Is there a date/mintmark that you are intimidated by in a certain series you collect?

HallcoHallco Posts: 3,069 ✭✭✭✭✭

Even though I am collecting Morgan/Vams right now and there is a HUGE attraction for many collectors for the first year(1878). it is very intimidating to me. Always has been. P and CC specifically. I have "dabbled" with the S mints but in no way am I comfortable with them. Anyone else have a particular year or mintmark that you try to avoid? :blush:

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  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 18,526 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't think I understand this one. :/


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  • HallcoHallco Posts: 3,069 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2019 6:30PM

    @DIMEMAN said:
    I don't think I understand this one. :/

    Sorry. This may help. Here are just some possibilities for the P mint:

    1) 8 Tail Feathers
    2) 7/8 Tail Feathers, Long Nock, Parallel Arrow Feathers
    -7/0
    -7/3
    -7/4
    -7/5
    -7/7

    3) 7 Tail Feathers, B1 Long Nock, Parallel Arrow Feathers

    4) 7 Tail Feathers, B2 Short Nock, Parallel Arrow Feathers
    -b2a
    -b2b
    -b2c
    -b2d
    -b2e
    -b2f
    -b2g

    5) 7 Tail Feathers, Slanted Arrow Feathers, Reverse of 79
    -C1
    -C2
    -C3

    Yes, I have read the big Vam book many times and I have a basic understanding of these. And for the Vamworld folks, such as @messydesk @CascadeChris @AUandAG @ifthevamzarockin and many others, it's probably simple and everyday common knowledge to identify these. It's just been a difficult year for me to attribute. 1878-CC is not this involved, it just seems to get thrown out unfairly by default! :D

  • ReadyFireAimReadyFireAim Posts: 440 ✭✭✭✭

    My white whale will probably be the 1929 saint.

    (AKA the leprechaun killer)

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 4,429 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lately, it’s been W’s.

    Not really intimidated, but want to conquer.

    Snagged a 1999-W 1/10 AGE unp PF die. Then these fangled W modern cents and now quarters are piquing my interest. ;)

  • ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 823 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not sure about intimidated but I don't like to mess with the 1921 scribbles.

  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 7,783 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1799 large cent.....fakes abound, and even the junkers are pricy.

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  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 27,383 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I considered assembling a date set of large cents, but the 1799 and, to a lesser extent, the 1804, tell me to forget it. The reason is I don’t collect really low grade material.

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  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 27,383 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Walkerguy21D said:
    1799 large cent.....fakes abound, and even the junkers are pricy.

    Yes, I have seen “bargain driven” dealers pay $1,600 for raw junker 1799 large cents. They go by the die clip on the reverse. What’s a date? These things don’t have one, which is too far gone for me.

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  • EagleguyEagleguy Posts: 2,048 ✭✭✭✭

    The 1827 capped bust quarter. I just can't seem to find one I like.

  • TreashuntTreashunt Posts: 4,365 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1794 Dr Bust $1/2

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  • LindeDadLindeDad Posts: 18,600 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • kbbpllkbbpll Posts: 96 ✭✭✭

    If I said what it is, I would just be making it harder to find one.

  • koynekwestkoynekwest Posts: 4,980 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The 1916/16 in the Buffalo nickel series. I used to have a VF but had to sell it 20 years ago for home improvement. I'm currently looking for a VG-F with a clear and complete date.

  • fcfc Posts: 12,704 ✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2019 12:13PM

    54-S half eagle. Might as well admit to yourself right from the beginning that only the most wealthy can even dream of it . 4 Known. And then you have the 1875P following it right up. 10ish known.

    Basically you need 1 million to seriously consider the set in XF-AU.

  • ilikemonstersilikemonsters Posts: 556 ✭✭✭✭

    1933 Double Eagle, 1913 V Nickel, Brasher Doubloon, the list just goes on and on... :'(

  • mannie graymannie gray Posts: 4,536 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1878 Philly dollars are a study all their own.
    Just dig in and go for it!

  • yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 2,354 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The expensive one?
    Or the "difficult to attribute" one?
    Or the "difficult to authenticate" one?
    They are all somewhat correlated.
    1. Expensive attracts counterfeiting
    2. Expensive varieties make you look for lower grade examples, that can be a lot more difficult to attribute.
    ... etc.

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 4,877 ✭✭✭✭

    I am not intimidated by round metal disks.

  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 4,946 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 17, 2019 4:45PM

    I don't know if I am 'intimidated' but the 1921-S will be challenging. Finding a nice example in 63 may prove difficult. If I can't find what I like, then I may decide to go after an AU 58, but that may not be any easier. If I am patient; I am sure I will find a suitable example for my set, eventually, but I don't expect it to be uninvolved. Just remember that persistence and diligence are the brother and sister of good luck.

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  • ColonelJessupColonelJessup Posts: 5,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2019 4:24PM

    @coinbuf said:
    I am not intimidated by round metal disks.

    Not even Captain America's shield? :o

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  • blitzdudeblitzdude Posts: 1,489 ✭✭✭✭✭

    93s

  • thisistheshowthisistheshow Posts: 1,083 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't have an answer......but I think this is an interesting, outside the box question.

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 36,238 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you are intimidated by any coin, you should seriously consider finding a new hobby.

  • HallcoHallco Posts: 3,069 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 16, 2019 6:20PM

    @PerryHall said:
    If you are intimidated by any coin, you should seriously consider finding a new hobby.

    Ok come on, you know what I mean!! Lol. Maybe I should have used a different word? Perplexed? Bemused? Puzzled? I didn't realize I was asking a question that was that far outside the box. Thanks for the replies.

  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 7,783 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No don’t close it! Those of us that get your intent are enjoying the more thoughtful posts.

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  • tommy44tommy44 Posts: 1,160 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @fc said:
    54-S half eagle. Might as well admit to yourself right from the beginning that only the most wealthy can even dream of it . 4 Known. And then you have the 1875P following it right up. 10ish known.

    Basically you need 1 million to seriously consider the set in XF-AU.

    You beat me by about 6 hours! Might have to settle for ones from China. >:)

    it's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide

  • savitalesavitale Posts: 459 ✭✭✭✭

    The Small Eagle Draped Bust half dollar. It likely will be the doom of my type set.

  • dogwooddogwood Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭

    CC Seated Quarters.
    They’re either a) “The Ones”, ‘70 & ’71
    b) priced kinda like “The Ones” but not, ‘72
    or c) “Not Even The Ones” all the rest.
    So I avoid them in favor of S mints.

    We're all born MS70. I'm about a Fine 15 right now.
  • @DIMEMAN said:
    I don't think I understand this one. :/

    Currently I am collecting high-grade 1934-47 Walkers. (I call this the extended short set; I like the 1934-40 dates more than the short set dates.)

    The 1938-D I find intimidating in high grades due to its price; the others are more attainable.

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 36,238 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Okay. I'll play along. Any key date coin that's raw such as the 1909SVDB cent or the 1916D dime. These coins are very heavily counterfeited and many are quite good. Certain raw classic US gold coins fall in the same category. Some coins should be bought in top tier slabs unless you an expert authenticator.

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 18,071 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 17, 2019 12:41AM

    Not necessarily a date/mintmark, but I'm intimidated by red large cents since a lot of them have been doctored and have turned in the holder. I prefer coins in old holders as a sign of stability for these.

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 36,238 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Zoins said:
    Not necessarily a date/mintmark, but I'm intimidated by red large cents since a lot of them have been doctored and have turned in the holder. I prefer coins in old holders as a sign of stability for these.

    Good point. There"s a good reason the grading services no longer guarantee the assigned color designation they give to the coins they grade.

  • batumibatumi Posts: 446 ✭✭✭

    Intimidated by a date or mint mark, or combination of both. Never. By the cost of aquiring something key or rare-Yes!

  • rickoricko Posts: 65,075 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I do not get into detailed areas such as VAM's .... just far too time consuming as well as becoming a 'money pit'...The hobby, for me, is all about enjoyment of coins - their designs, history and quality. I know others really enjoy these areas of numismatics, that is great and it certainly adds dimensions to the hobby. We each have our interests, and that is good....Cheers, RickO

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