Naaaaaaawwwwwwww!!!! That really HAPPENED ???
I don't go back to teaching until the 4th, so I have too much time on my hands. It dawned on me I had a couple of numismatic events happen in my collector-schmuck-dreck-lover career that would be found interesting to those stuck in a basement during a Covid pandemic, and if I had a couple, some of the luminaries here should be able to knock our sox off (well, let's leave out the $250k coins thrown in the trash). No real rules. Make them true. Entertain us.
My first . . .
An introverted collecting buddy of mine who also assisted me in coaching track (shot/discus) ventured into a local shop (which has since closed due to a nationally-known Ponzi-scheme of silver bullion) and purchased some simple AG-G Walkers and hole-fillers as he was just getting started in the collecting game. He dropped 20 or 30 bucks and headed out into the street to his car.
He was intercepted by a vagabond/homeless/down on his luck guy who said "Hey . . . do you buy coins?" My introvert screwed up the courage to answer, "Uh, yeah . . . sometimes." Vagabond produces 4 silver quarters and says, "They won't let me sell in the shop there. I just want to double my money . . they are yours for $2.00." Just wanting out of the situation, he buys.
2 semi-slick Standing Libs . . . 2 lower end Barbers. He does the transaction and nervously heads to his car. He gets home, and is punching his AG Walkers into a blue Whitman and dumps the quarters onto his desk. He looks at them, and evaluates with a Redbook (his only real resource of pricing). I get a call . . .
"Hey . . . I bought 4 quarters from a guy for $2.00 (silver was obviously higher at the time) . . . and two are Liberty Quarters."
"Wow, good for you. Melt is like 12x face!"
"Yeah . . . but the two Liberty Quarters have good dates on them. The better one is a 1912, with no mintmark. The one that isn't so good is a 1901, and the mintmark is an "S". The Redbook says it is a cool coin." Is it ???
Yup . . . it was. PCGS G-6. Bought for 50 cents.
He still has it . . . . . . .