Post the coin that got you excited about collecting.
This must not be a new theme but lives on as a great topic.
I have been collecting since I was a kid and while growing up I read everything I could get my hands on. I frequently checked rolls, pocket change, shows, dealers, and magazines for the latest updates for U.S. coins. Over time excitement for specific types of coins developed, especially for those coins with interesting stories behind them. For many of the coins that triggered a thrill for me, I felt as though there is no way that I would ever be able to get them— perhaps part of the draw was the rarity, but I knew that there was more than that.
It is interesting to learn what catches the imagination of each collector— this varies so much from one collector to the next. As a kid, I was blown away by the story of the 1955 Double Die Lincoln Cent. I have read that during the minting of this coin the Philadelphia Mint may have been suffering power outages during an electrical storm while the erroneous cents were being produced overnight; a less-than-full staff was content to turn a blind eye to the error as they were pre-occupied with other challenges at the time. Eventually, the double die was corrected, but not until after up to 40,000 cents were produced. Many of those cents were rumored to have been placed in cigarette packets— two at a time— as cigarette machines in those days could not provide change. Cigarette packs cost 23c but quarters were used in the machines, so 2 cents change were required. What a cool story.
What is your favorite coin from early in your collecting days - not necessarily the most valuable coin price-wise, but the coin that captures your imagination the most— What is your story, and share an image if you have it.