Best Coin Shop Experience(s)
Please share yours.
For me, it was when I was young. At the age of eight, my father passed down his collection of Mercury Dimes that he put together, about eight full folders from circulation, minus the 16-Ds of course. That sparked my interest. I then had my mom take me to the Gilder Shop in Tampa, FL. They are still there, under different ownership and in a different location. This was about a 25-30min drive for us. She would take me on a Saturday morning every few months when I was between the age of 8-12. This was in the 1980s. When I would enter with my mom, they would put out their cigarettes. On my first visit, they gave me an old Red Book they had, for free. This became the source of my favorite reading for years. They were willing to share their knowledge and show me anything in the shop that I wanted to look at. They answered hundreds of questions and I even bought a few things that I still have today in their original 2x2s. 1939-D 5c, 1950-D 5c(crap, I sold this one), 1916-D 25c in F, 1963 PR 25c etc. I had so much fun. They would share their knowledge about the dimes in my collection from my father as well.
In recent years, besides Cherrypicking, my most enjoyable coin shop experiences have been at Sarasota Rare Coins. If you are in FL or have been to a FUN show, you probably recognize the name. Nice people with a nice shop and nice coins and great inventory. I was there recently and they showed me an 1840 Proof 50c which was pretty darn cool. Anyway, it is always a pleasant experience.
Looking for Top Pop Mercury Dime Varieties & High Grade Mercury Dime Toners.