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Holy Grail

@EXOJUNKIE
@$guy
I think my Holy Grail started back when i was a teenager and the local club had a rule that you had to be 18 to be a member otherwise you were just a visitor. At that time i thought the "coin" was the 3 legged Buffalo Nickel and I would have given my eye teeth for one then, A older member in his 60's who always seemed to have the strangest stuff in mind, sat next to me at a meeting and I told my "grail story"  and behold he came up with one out of his pocket and he proceeded to pick my modest collection of Mercury dimes apart taking all of my 1920 - 1924 P-D-S coins as a suggested trade. I was so dumbfounded that the 3 legger was going to be mine I did it with gusto. not two meetings later I was showing my trade off to a dealer and he pronounced it a fake. I then confronted the old man at the next meeting and I was told "that is the way it goes" and I went right to the club president and he said "that is the reason we do not let kids into the club" but the trade stood and I was out the dimes. By the way i still have the nickel and use it to remind myself not to get to "grail" oriented again.   
VERY UNFORTUNATE.  IMHO THE "OLD MAN" SHOULD HAVE BEEN KICKED OUT OF THE CLUB AND YOUR CLUB "PRESIDENT" IMPEACHED.  GLAD YOU DIDN'T LEAVE THE HOBBY OVER THIS.  MOST CLUBS ARE MUCH MORE PROFESSIONAL.
 I agree. If that would have happened to me, I never would have gone back to another meeting, and probably would have been turned off from the whole hobby altogether. I almost forgot to ask, $guy. Did you ever end up finding the real deal, or are you still interested in finding it?

7 years ago

@user_9998
Agreed. How about these other holy grail pieces?
 That 2 1/2 dollar piece is a beauty. I have that Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Silver Dollar Set. My wife and I toured the Denver Mint a couple of years ago, and I saw that coin in the gift shop. I ended up buying a proof Silver Eagle because it was so beautiful, but after we got home, I couldn't stop thinking about the Star-Spangled Banner coin and called the mint up and had it mailed out to me. That was when I started collecting with an emphasis on Commemorative sets I wanted and Silver Eagles.

7 years ago

I guess after thinking a little bit about my "Grail" it comes in small steps. I was looking at the small size $1 and realized that I had a 1957, 1957A and 1957B represented in my collection and realized that I lacked the stars or at least not all of them so I set out and gathered them in. Next I started seeking the stars for the earlier series and have now crept back in the "Funny Backs." So I guess you can say I do have my "grails", Thanks for the memory jogging!

7 years ago

@cuts
@user_9998
Agreed. How about these other holy grail pieces?
 That 2 1/2 dollar piece is a beauty. I have that Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Silver Dollar Set. My wife and I toured the Denver Mint a couple of years ago, and I saw that coin in the gift shop. I ended up buying a proof Silver Eagle because it was so beautiful, but after we got home, I couldn't stop thinking about the Star-Spangled Banner coin and called the mint up and had it mailed out to me. That was when I started collecting with an emphasis on Commemorative sets I wanted and Silver Eagles.
 I have always really wanted that Star-Spangled Banner silver $. I have this thing for coins with Lady Liberty on them, and that is one of the coolest in my opinion.

7 years ago

When you start looking at beautiful specimens of coins I think the truly better ones that should grace any collection is the Oregon Trail Half Dollar - both the head and tail designs are truly something to behold. In paper money I think three specimens are on an equal par and that is the Educational series of 1896.  As for gold I have no opinion as no gold resides in my collection so I am unbiased in that field.  

7 years ago

@$guy
I guess after thinking a little bit about my "Grail" it comes in small steps. I was looking at the small size $1 and realized that I had a 1957, 1957A and 1957B represented in my collection and realized that I lacked the stars or at least not all of them so I set out and gathered them in. Next I started seeking the stars for the earlier series and have now crept back in the "Funny Backs." So I guess you can say I do have my "grails", Thanks for the memory jogging!
 But, did you ever get your original grail? The disabled Bison?

7 years ago

@user_9998
@cuts
@user_9998
Agreed. How about these other holy grail pieces?
 That 2 1/2 dollar piece is a beauty. I have that Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Silver Dollar Set. My wife and I toured the Denver Mint a couple of years ago, and I saw that coin in the gift shop. I ended up buying a proof Silver Eagle because it was so beautiful, but after we got home, I couldn't stop thinking about the Star-Spangled Banner coin and called the mint up and had it mailed out to me. That was when I started collecting with an emphasis on Commemorative sets I wanted and Silver Eagles.
 I have always really wanted that Star-Spangled Banner silver $. I have this thing for coins with Lady Liberty on them, and that is one of the coolest in my opinion.
 I have that same "thing" for Lady Liberty.

7 years ago

I have fondled a few 3 legged critters - some at the upper end of dearly priced and let them graze a little longer - I never did become enamored with that design, although I have admired what a few Hobo Nickel carvers have done to the beasts. 

7 years ago

@cuts
@Numinerd9

(Third time is the charm, I hope?)

My "grail" coins: US - 1964-D Peace Dollar or 1969-S Cent DDO.

World or foreign - 1839 "Una and the Lion" Five Pounds from Great Britain.

Ancient - Eid-Mar Denarius or Syracusan Tetradrachm.

My favorite coin in my collection changes from time to time, but for now it's my 1946 Walking Liberty Half Dollar with a DDR, because it's one of my best cherrypicks to date and it's in near Gem condition - and I only paid "regular" money for it!

 I know next to nothing when it comes to foreign coins, but those look beautiful. I do collect Peace Dollars, but unfortunately haven't found a '64 yet ;). Do you think any made it?If you really want one, you can always get one of Daniel Carr's Fantasy overstrikes, until one of the 'real'  64's show up if they exist at all?!!? 

7 years ago

@$guy
@cuts
@Numinerd9

(Third time is the charm, I hope?)

My "grail" coins: US - 1964-D Peace Dollar or 1969-S Cent DDO.

World or foreign - 1839 "Una and the Lion" Five Pounds from Great Britain.

Ancient - Eid-Mar Denarius or Syracusan Tetradrachm.

My favorite coin in my collection changes from time to time, but for now it's my 1946 Walking Liberty Half Dollar with a DDR, because it's one of my best cherrypicks to date and it's in near Gem condition - and I only paid "regular" money for it!

 I know next to nothing when it comes to foreign coins, but those look beautiful. I do collect Peace Dollars, but unfortunately haven't found a '64 yet ;). Do you think any made it?If you really want one, you can always get one of Daniel Carr's Fantasy overstrikes, until one of the 'real'  64's show up if they exist at all?!!?  Those are really cool. Interesting note: In 1970, when they were testing the Eisenhower dollars, they made test pieces using the Ike composition, with the Peace Dollar design. I have not found many references to this. Not even pictures! Thoughts?

7 years ago
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