u1's top 5 "everyman" set (photos and videos)
While I tend to gravitate towards mint state, sometimes I just can't pass by a nice barely circulated coin (or token). What follows are my favorite five "everyman" coins (well, with a token added in for good measure).
5) The fifth spot features a flashy Hawaii Half Dollar. The coin's semi-pl surfaces make it really stand out. I've long been fascinated by the "territorial" issues and was pleased to acquire this one from an eBay auction with less than flattering photos (mine aren't great but that photo might have been taken in the dark ). The eBay seller's description mentioned that the buyer would be pleased once seeing it in hand. I trusted their word and am glad that I did!
4) In fourth we have a colorful Mexico 8 Reales. I avoided this design for too long but a conversation with a fellow forum member convinced me to reevaluate that stance. I actually lost out on this coin when it first came up for auction (was the underbidder at what I thought was a strong amount). It soon popped up with a dealer at twice the auction result and my hopes were dashed. But a few months later, it appeared in an eBay auction. I bid higher than the first time and surprisingly won at about half of the first auction result!
3) Next up is the third place CD Peacock Token. Since first learning of this cool item from a Lord Marcovan thread, I have been looking for one on and off. Finally the right example came up for auction and I was able to add it to my collection.
2) Coming in at number two is the Isabella Quarter. It has long been on my want list. I was fortunate to buy this one in an UNC details holder (QC, which I disagreed with) and then have it straight grade as AU 58. The color is solid and the pl surfaces add to the eye appeal.
1) And the big winner at number one is an 1892 Columbian Expo Half Dollar. The Columbian Expo was an iconic event that helped showcase Chicago and multiple innovations. The toning on this coin is just as highlight worthy as that famous exposition!