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Smitten? … Yes, smitten. A CBH story …

pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,593 ✭✭✭✭✭

If you know me, you know this might get to be a story … but then again, it might be worth the read …

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It’s a rare opportunity to be able have a chance to look through an established collection before it goes out for sale. When the collection is somewhat “world class” it’s an even more extraordinary event … a chance to pick some choice pieces before the rest of the world has a chance to pick theirs. A first shot occasion to become the next caretaker for some important coins, and ones you know you’ll love.

I was on vacation … a thousand miles away from my study and my library, pretty much removed from coins and work and daily life, enjoying family and friends and the grandson’s first Christmas. Just a Wednesday morning text received between Christmas and New Year’s that was sent to a few friends, that almost seemed simple banter. Almost …

I read it twice. My brain started to turn. All I had was a work laptop (just in case) … a tablet and a phone. No notes, no books, and frankly, not a huge amount of time due to the events around me. Not terribly ideal.

My friend was selling parts of his collection. Not any friend, a good friend. A pretty serious collector and student of the series … my sponsor into the BHNC. Many of you know him here.

Within 24 hours I knew I better figure out something quick or the window might close. I started rating ones I thought I couldn’t miss out on, somehow, between all the other events. And within that, two coins became obvious choices. I asked my friend to hold those on Friday, and that I‘d try and pick a few more by Saturday. He agreed.

That particular Saturday was New Year’s Eve … or in my world, “the last good day of the year”. I had travelled again on Friday, and was now in a small condo overlooking Siletz Bay in Lincoln City, OR.

On Saturday morning I was walking the beach and another of the friends from the original text sent me a note discussing the situation and the coins, and he congratulated me on one of the two I had reserved the day before. He asked if I knew the story on that one, and when I said I did not, he said I should. So, I pried a little and got some nuggets of history. I’m glad I asked.

By Saturday I had settled on seven coins, sure this would be a great story to match some great coins, from a great collector and a wonderful friend. And while I had to wait to get home from my travels, and so asked him to hold of sending until he got back from FUN, I couldn’t have been more correct.

Yesterday the box arrived.

I’m not sure I’ve ever really been smitten, at least with a coin! While I’m only going to showcase two here, there are more I that adore, but those will wait for later.

I think I really am smitten with these …


“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

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    jacrispiesjacrispies Posts: 717 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ahh shucks. I drooled all over my phone!!

    Thanks for sharing your experience. This is a fantastic story, and you bought world class coins for sure!

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    jayPemjayPem Posts: 4,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Uh, wow...
    I'm not sure what to make of this 🤔

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    FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Way early on the jump there… :lol:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - I’m not a huge CBH guy. They just don’t really resonate with me for some reason. But that 1822 with totally original surfaces and a touch of color around the periphery is a coin even I’d be happy to own! The hidden luster that’s there and the even brown tone is about as nice as they come.

    Young Numismatist, Coin Photographer.

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    Pnies20Pnies20 Posts: 2,065 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This was so good, I was a responsible adult and actually read it and didn’t just look at the pictures!

    BHNC #248 … 108 and counting.

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    WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @pursuitofliberty
    A great read about great coins.
    Congratulations on your new best friends.
    Wayne

    Kennedys are my quest...

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    MeltdownMeltdown Posts: 8,667 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love the coins and the story and your excitement. I'm curious still what brought you to Lincoln City in Oregon... There's a nice little coin shop there also. I stop in whenever I find myself in town and like to pick out a coin or two. The dealer is friendly and always has a good assortment.

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    habaracahabaraca Posts: 1,964 ✭✭✭✭✭

    BEAUTIFUL, just BEAUTIFUL.........
    your descriptions sound like something out of a Sheridan catalog.

    Congrats my friend

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    shishshish Posts: 1,105 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations! Those are magnificent examples. <3

    Liberty Seated and Trade Dollar Specialist
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    spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 5,471 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Saw alot of Lance's CBH's at FUN at the Sheridan Downey table. A great collection to be sure! Congrats!


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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,593 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Meltdown said:
    I'm curious still what brought you to Lincoln City in Oregon.

    Other than my love for the Wild Coast, my daughter lives in Lincoln City. We spent New Years together since she wasn't able to travel for Christmas time.

    @habaraca said:
    your descriptions sound like something out of a Sheridan catalog.

    That's pretty high praise my friend, thank you! I have been working on it.

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    I was going to comment on @Pnies20 post, but that sounded a little messy ;)

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    Thanks for all the comments!!


    “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
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    sparky64sparky64 Posts: 7,026 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great post and great CBH's.
    Congrats!

    "If I say something in the woods and my wife isn't there to hear it.....am I still wrong?"

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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,693 ✭✭✭✭✭

    After reading that write up, then seeing the Coins, I totally understand! Absolutely wonderful!

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    psuman08psuman08 Posts: 237 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing the story, Todd. Very impressive story and coins, I understand why you are so smitten!

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    Eldorado9Eldorado9 Posts: 2,111 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful acquisitions buddy! And a great writeup as usually expected! Boy, those surfaces are clean and gemmy....very pretty, and oh so original.

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    lilolmelilolme Posts: 2,462 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @FlyingAl said:
    Way early on the jump there… :lol:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - I’m not a huge CBH guy. They just don’t really resonate with me for some reason. But that 1822 with totally original surfaces and a touch of color around the periphery is a coin even I’d be happy to own! The hidden luster that’s there and the even brown tone is about as nice as they come.

    I totally get this as there are series I just kind of shrug through.

    I like how the date '2' looks on these. Maybe a little too much twirl for some but it does stand out some.
    Nice looking halves.

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    GoBustGoBust Posts: 586 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Really lovely halves. Congrats Todd! Lance had a keen eye for original eye appealing halves. Anything he bought almost everybody world want.

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    CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,603 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I smite thee with me coins! :D

    @lkeigwin is a class act and has an incredible collection. Congratulations!

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
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    shortnockshortnock Posts: 371 ✭✭✭

    Great reading. Beautiful images. Excellent delicacies.

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    CircCamCircCam Posts: 235 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I always wonder about who the collectors were who owned the coins in the preceding years- especially the early type. Where was it during the Civil War? Etc.

    For you to actually know some of that information is a real treasure on top of being stellar coins to begin with. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

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    baddogssbaddogss Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭✭

    @pursuitofliberty Super nice, purty coins, good score!

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Really nice coins and even better when they have a story. I have a couple of coins with associated stories... wish I had more. Cheers, RickO

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    CoinscratchCoinscratch Posts: 7,927 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice story there, and coins, congrats. You must've felt like Ole' Jed, ready to load up the truck and move Beverly.
    Oil that is, black gold, CBHs.

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