A bright spot as I close in on 100 ...
A couple years ago when I came back from my long hiatus, I was bitten by the bug pretty hard. I rekindled some old friendships and made some new ones, and took a giant leap back in time from where I had focused before.
Becoming friends with guys like @lkeigwin and @drddm can be rough on your pocketbook but I must say I have really enjoyed my quest to learn more and more about Bust Half Dollars, and to develop a collection of them.
Last year I was accepted as an Associate Member of the Bust Half Nut Club ... if anyone ever fit the "Nut" side, I think that part I probably qualify for ... and this last year I have found or been offered a fair amount of really nice examples, many of which I have shown here.
To digress a moment, I had 45 Die Marriages (DM's) when I was admitted as an Associate Member. The club bylaws do not allow for full Membership unless one has 100 or more DM's. I figured it would take a couple more years, but alas, I am fast approaching that threshold.
Anyway. My first grandbaby was born in April, and I took a couple weeks off in May to go meet him. When I go on vacation, I generally check out. I just try to relax and not think about work or any of my day to day stuff. I fish, I wheel, I visit friends and family, I explore ... I decompress. And so it was this time as well ... kind of ...
The night I left, I was contacted by a club member via email who offered me a stellar 09-103 in AU55. He had held it a decade, but recently upgraded to a superlative MS62. After some back and forth, and help from friends previously mentioned here with some research since I was away from home and library, I agreed ... and went back to fishing.
And then what happens? The next day I get back from kayak fishing, and one said friend cough Dave cough contacts me and says, "Hey, did you see that @Herb_T is selling some stuff on the BST? He's got a 10-102a that's probably a little bright for you, but I really think you should take a look." I told him to let Herb know I was interested and I'd follow up.
So, a bright spot?
Yeah. Friends are a bright spot. Especially ones who try to help and even watch out for you. More especially still those who even help you spend your money when you weren't looking to!
This place is a bright spot ... a lot of interesting and good friends ... a lot of interesting and knowledgeable posts.
And this coin that arrived today is a bright spot. Mainly because, well, amongst a bunch of toned and dirty girls that make up a good portion of my collection ... she's kind of bright!!
But oh man, they don't all have to look the same! She's got a hammered strike for the issue, all kinds of cracks, and that's enough for this Nut. One beauty closer to 100. Thanks again @Herb_T
I'll take some pictures later, but here is the TrueView
“We are only their care-takers,” he posed, “if we take good care of them, then centuries from now they may still be here … ”
Todd - BHNC #242