30 year Journey for my 1923-D Saint
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: