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30 year Journey for my 1923-D Saint

AvocetAvocet Posts: 226 ✭✭✭✭

I wanted to share the story of this St Gaudens as it has been with me for many years. I picked this coin up from an old dealer in Beaverton, Oregon, around 1994. The dealer was about 90 years old, and was a great friend and supporter to me as a serious young numismatist. Back then, I then paid nearly $550 — much more than my monthly apartment rental— a huge purchase for me. The dealer had two of these coins, and even offered a discount if I purchased both. There was no way that my budget would allow the second coin to be part of my collection. I spent perhaps an hour choosing between the two coins. I knew then that this mintage was a very common variety, but the coin's beauty was just exceptional. I suspected it had been part of a hoard for quite some time and been left untouched.

After almost 30 years of protecting this coin, I finally decided to include it in a recent large submission to PCGS; I should post more about that experience later (it was a great experience). I estimated that the coin would return as MS-64, and I was glad to see that the result matched my expectation. I then sent the coin as part of another large submission to CAC this summer, and the coin just returned from CAC today.

Another significant milestone for this coin has just happened, and I am glad to have it as part of my collection. This coin brings back great memories of the excitement for coin collecting that I had at such a young age. Do you have a similar story to share? Do the grades seem right? Thanks for taking a look… :)

Raw coin -- before PCGS submission:

After PCGS -- True View:

After a trip to New Jersey-- Just got back today:


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    gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,451 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks really nice.

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    erwindocerwindoc Posts: 4,929 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Its beautiful! To my eyes, it looked like a 65. A 64 CAC is a great coin.

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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,753 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A great coin and story!

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    johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,635 ✭✭✭✭✭

    nice coin

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    PedzolaPedzola Posts: 1,010 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a 65 to me, nice Saint! Thanks for sharing your journey with it.

    I only started collecting a few years ago - I hope one day to have owned a coin for 28+ years!

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    lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,922 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited July 13, 2022 12:16PM

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    coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,835 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wonderful coin...

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    keyman64keyman64 Posts: 15,458 ✭✭✭✭✭


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    alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,707 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice coin and story

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    DDRDDR Posts: 1,568 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice story and nice coin.

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    Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,707 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing your journey with this beautiful coin. Peace Roy

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,198 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love back stories like this, thanks for sharing!

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Avocet ... Thanks for sharing that great story and showing us that gorgeous gold coin. Some coins, such as yours, become a part of us... As noted by some above, selling one produces years of regret. I am glad you have kept yours. I have a couple that have been with me for many, many years - and will not leave until I do. Cheers, RickO

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    NumisOxideNumisOxide Posts: 10,991 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice looking Saint and story. I'm thinking the hits on rays on the reverse kept it from 65.

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    rokkyrokky Posts: 308 ✭✭✭✭

    A wonderful coin with a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing!

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 9,027 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great story!

    Great Double Eagle!!

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    logger7logger7 Posts: 8,168 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It looks more like a gem, too bad for the few hits that kept it back. With all the stories connected to that it should be worth more.

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    coinnutcoinnut Posts: 1,432 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful coin, Great story

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    coinandcurrency242coinandcurrency242 Posts: 1,958 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    ParadisefoundParadisefound Posts: 8,588 ✭✭✭✭✭

    🥰 Hello @Avocet and Welcome!
    What a bicoastal journey that beauty made …….. now adorned with CAC 🤗 and You definitely have keen eyes.
    Looking forward to read about your other experiences ❤️

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    CuprinkorCuprinkor Posts: 211 ✭✭✭

    I would certainly choose a 23-D Saint to represent the type if I was building a 20th century type set in BU condition. They're such attractive coins in MS64/better. Their luster is superior IMO to the common P-mint issues from 1924-28 and they're well struck to boot.

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