San Francisco Type 1 Double Eagle Collection
There have been a few upgrades, a few cross overs and a few new TrueView's taken since the last time I posted about the S Mint Type 1 Double Eagle collection. The goal is for each coin to have seen significant circulation but remain free of significant "problems". I find the thought of where these giant gold coins have traveled, how many stage coaches they've been in, what they have done and who's hands they could possibly have passed through to be mesmerizing. While I can appreciate the beauty of well preserved MS examples I'm infinitely more drawn to the romance behind the history of the circulated coins. I often find myself staring at them and daydreaming about their adventures.
I think the collection is in a pretty stable state now and don't foresee any changes unless some examples with a bean that look better than coins without a bean pop up. At some point I'll probably submit the CAC'd coins to PCGS for that in-slab TrueView service now that I'm aware of it.
The elephant in the room is the lack of the Type 1 66-S. While I'm not ruling out obtaining one someday it's not something I'm actively putting as a goal for the small collection. There are only 8 PCGS examples existing that would fall within my budget so I'm not holding my breath. That's assuming some of those 8 aren't the same coin that was cracked and resubmitted at some point. If it happens, cool, if not, I can happily live with the 12 coin set.