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There's Always a First Time - No Stars Dime

CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,269 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 15, 2022 6:23PM in U.S. Coin Forum

As we live our lives, there are lots of firsts to encounter and I've had a few recently.

I acquired my first ever No Stars Dime which is a coin I've always wanted, but up until now, had not found one I wanted to own. This one from CRO definitely fit the bill and I feel fortunate to have gotten it from their early bird listing - AU55 CAC:

What's really cool when examining this coin in hand are the two die cracks that create a slice of pie shape on the obverse with the date in the middle. I learned that this is the F101c variety. A cool bonus.

My other first was to undergo major surgery twice due to some aggressive skin cancer that grew on my forehead and that had migrated to my parotid glands. With the last one, I was under for about 4 hours while they removed a new forehead growth and several glands along my neck. I began radiation therapy today and that's another first. I will go daily for 6 weeks. I think the prognosis is really good, so despite some dark thoughts of late contemplating mortality (and whether it was time to unload my collection - hah!), I think I'll be around for awhile.

So, let's celebrate life, coins, and the coolness factor of open fields on old coins! Post a coin that you think merits your appreciation for its artistry and why you love it so much. :)

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  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,669 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I too have always wanted a 'No Stars' Dime.

    Yours is a wonderful example and you can't really go wrong with CRO.

    A BIG Congrats!!

    Sorry to hear of your health issues but it sounds like you've got this under control.

    And for that, I am very, very happy, my friend.

    Heaven isn't too far away.....Closer to it every day...For ALL of us.

    YES, I am all for celebrating the time that we have here.

    I am so blessed to be the guardian of some beautiful, rare Walkers, while I'm here. I am very GRATEFUL for that and it makes me smile almost daily. o:)

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  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 10,878 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great new pickup, sir, gorgeous AND cool!
    And good luck with your ongoing treatments!

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  • Batman23Batman23 Posts: 4,991 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful dime. A no stars dime is also on my want list and your would be an awesome example I would be happy to own. Sorry to hear of the health problems, I hope you have a full recovery.

  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinbuf said:
    Congrats on your new coin, and all the best with your health going forward. I too very much like and have wanted a no stars type, I love the uncluttered and simple design, very elegant to my eye. So just this past month was able to acquire this 1838-O example. Not only the type I wanted but the added bonus of a coin from the first year of operation for the New Orleans mint. :) Not as high a grade as yours only PCGS XF40.

    VERY nice!

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
  • NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,940 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice eye appealing type piece! Hope for a speedy recovery.

  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 31,840 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It pays to be patient


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  • kazkaz Posts: 9,012 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful dime, Catbert. Glad you could snag that on the EB, coins like that go in a flash! wishing you a full recovery!

  • yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 4,467 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yikes, spread cancer, neck surgery and chemo.
    I hope you are right and this is just a "close call" with the problems being stopped.

    Your coin looks like the F-101b, as the die cracks are definitely there, but I can't see the clash marks.
    But maybe the clash marks are visible in hand, but not on the photo due to the toning and diffuse light.

  • ChangeInHistoryChangeInHistory Posts: 2,970 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's one of my favorite type coins, simple but attractive. Great example.

    As for treatments and health, good luck and go give it hell!

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,042 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 16, 2022 10:54AM

    I am very sorry to read about you medical issues. I wish you a speedy recovery @Catbert.

    The No Stars Dime is tougher to find than people might think. When I was in an earlier phase with my type set, it was the last coin I needed to complete the dime type set. Yes, I had the 1796 and and 1805 dimes before I got the No Stars coin. I gave my want list to a dealer who always went to the Baltimore show on buying trips. He was surprised to come up empty. I finally bought one that is now in an AU-55 holder. It’s not as nice as yours.

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  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,981 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good luck with your health issues. Your dime looks great! I got one also a few months back that I’m really happy with


  • yosclimberyosclimber Posts: 4,467 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice, and your photos show the clash marks of F-101c very clearly.

  • savitalesavitale Posts: 1,404 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice coin! Only 121 more to go to complete the basic set. :)

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Catbert... Best of luck with your recovery.... Nice coin with an interesting set of die cracks... Cheers, RickO

  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,123 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice coin.
    Hope your recovery goes well.

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  • ThreeCentSilverFLThreeCentSilverFL Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice dime! I really like the no stars type.

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,018 ✭✭✭✭✭

    thats wicked cool, congrats on the score

  • BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 5,138 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Super nice addition.... B)

  • LukeMarshallLukeMarshall Posts: 1,840 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 16, 2022 9:21AM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, and a congrats on that lovely no star...

    I've got one that i tossed in the treasure chest, they have a great look IMO

    It's all about what the people want...

  • BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,594 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Gorgeous dime. I saw that one at CRO too and was mildly tempted. The design is fantastic.

    Best of luck with your health. Surgery is great fun....... unless you're the guy lying on the table. This sounds like a huge pain, but manageable. We often make it out to be worse in our minds - human nature. No reason to think your story won't have a happy ending.

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