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Feeling a bit Sheepish - Set an Auction Record for this Seated Half

CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,603 ✭✭✭✭✭

While I'm glad to have an example of this tough date, I do feel a little sheepish for setting a new auction record - PCGS CoinFacts data:

CAC price guide is $1320. Yet, sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do to meet one's collecting goals. As Yogi said "A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore." :D

VF30 CAC (seller's pics):

I've a couple of other coins where I've gone what I'd consider way outside the lines, but this is a first at this grade level!

Thoughts from the peanut gallery?

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    coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,768 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You will have your answer when you go to sell it in the future. ;) I will say it does look to be a very nice coin, congrats on being the leader!

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    TPRCTPRC Posts: 3,739 ✭✭✭✭✭

    OK, it's a little crazy, but it's not that crazy! Plus, it's a tough date. Congrats!


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    ironmanl63ironmanl63 Posts: 1,971 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like the coin and have myself colored outside the lines on occasion. I still have those coins and could not be happier. One day the guide price may rise to what I paid. LOL.

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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,593 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad

    Think Sheryl Crow with a sheep-like Baaaaaaaad at the end! :p

    Seriously, that is a wonderful VF30! Color, surfaces, everything ... just fantastic. I doubt any example exists for that issue in that grade range that compare favorably (or even close).

    And what @DeplorableDan said first is not that far off, really. His second point was spot on IMO.

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    WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,974 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 3, 2023 10:24AM

    I did the exact same thing on my last two purchases, so don’t feel bad!

    I paid 15% and then 25% over retail (PCGS price guide)!

    Also, you can’t compare today’s value to 2013 prices! Coins have appreciated and inflation has risen!!

    You did just fine!!

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    IkesTIkesT Posts: 2,584 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Technically, the underbidder set the new auction record, so you're in the clear. ;)

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    telephoto1telephoto1 Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice pickup... and I predict that you will come out fine on it if/when you ever sell it.

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    JBNJBN Posts: 1,799 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations. That is a tough date. Your example looks wonderful. Enjoy.

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    gonzergonzer Posts: 2,990 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @pursuitofliberty said:
    If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad

    Think Sheryl Crow with a sheep-like Baaaaaaaad at the end! :p

    Perhaps more like Stevie Nicks.

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    GaCoinGuyGaCoinGuy Posts: 2,721 ✭✭✭✭

    Nice looking coin...I love the look of the circ cameo. I'd be willing to bet the colors are better in person.


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    spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,512 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you are happy about it nothing to be sheepish about. You got what you wanted as long as you didn't forgo rent or break the bank... It was worth it to get what you wanted!

    BTW, very nice coin! Congrats!

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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 892 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't think you are sheepish. I think you are an ardent collector that is going after material that aligns with your collecting goals. If you can afford a coin, and you will enjoy it... go for it. You will have other undervalued pickups that will balance it all out.


    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,943 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The other comps are too old to be meaningful. It's a nice looking coin.

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    cmerlo1cmerlo1 Posts: 7,891 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Don't feel bad- I've overpaid for ephemera on multiple occasions. Sometimes, the need to have something in your collection outweighs caring if you'll be able to someday recover what you paid for it.

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    BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,733 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 3, 2023 3:04PM

    When I've sold coins in the past, I've been pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised at times. The vast majority of my pleasant surprises have been with coins I paid a strong premium for.

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    Tom147Tom147 Posts: 1,431 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just last year I paid 75% above the former highest auction price paid for a coin in a particular grade. Sheepish ? No. A little crazy ? Probably. But a coin and grade that had not come up for sale in almost 3 years. One I just had to have.

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    lilolmelilolme Posts: 2,462 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I go along with other comments as it does not seem that far off to me. Coinfacts - VF35 sold at HA 2/21 at $1260 when the pcgs price guide was $875 and HA identified the CDN at $820 and it was not CAC. Looking at collector corner I only see one and they are asking $650 for a G4 no cac with a price guide of $450.

    Like the coin as I has an original look to it.

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    keyman64keyman64 Posts: 15,456 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats. I've set a few auction records in my time. Twice I was not pleased with myself and only one of those times was a complete train wreck. The other times just fine. It balances out in the end. The coin looks like a nice example and it is CAC approved. A couple hundred dollars for the joy of meeting a collecting goal is nothing. Be happy, congrats!

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    LJenkins11LJenkins11 Posts: 726 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats on the acquisition and a great addition to your collection. Tough coin and more so with a sticker, looks awesome!

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    fathomfathom Posts: 1,513 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 3, 2023 6:34PM

    You are going to be fine with that in the long run.

    The CAC pops are miniscule because they are hard to find as a date and especially that nice.

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    Project NumismaticsProject Numismatics Posts: 1,335 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The spread between mediocre (‘market acceptable’) and PQ (CAC with original surfaces) is wider than ever. It doesn’t strike me as out of line given the quality of the example and rarity. Looking at auction records and the CAC pops, mid-grade examples are not available very often - seize the opportunity!

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    daltexdaltex Posts: 3,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If that coin in that grade hasn't traded in ten years, there is no reason to believe you overpaid. Do you have it in hand, and do you like what you see? I doubt you're as buried as you fear you are.

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    winestevenwinesteven Posts: 4,062 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the club of paying high prices for coins that are superior to most within a grade! You and I are a small fraction of collectors doing the same, especially in today’s market. It’s perfectly fine to pay for quality!


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    cheezhedcheezhed Posts: 5,688 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 4, 2023 7:02AM

    It was said in a member's signature line who I can't remember:
    "Great coins aren't cheap and cheap coins aren't great"

    Many happy BST transactions
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    willywilly Posts: 284 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have also over paid on a number of coins. Not losing any sleep over my decision and hope I get an opportunity to do it again. My budget is pretty limited for what I am trying to collect. But certain coins just don’t come up that often and I only have so much time. I wish I would have stretched on 4-6 coins in the last couple of years. That was my bigger mistake.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Catbert... That is a really nice coin and I think it is an investment that will pay off in the future. You obviously are pleased with the coin... Enjoy it.... Cheers, RickO

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