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On the futility of cleaning my desk, and finding a secret coin with a sign from above

airplanenutairplanenut Posts: 21,859 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited January 29, 2024 8:45AM in U.S. Coin Forum

My desk is a disaster. It's piled many levels deep with books and papers, boxes, and art. Coin supplies and crap that should have been tossed long ago. For months I've been working in a little carved out space, pushing things aside to claim a few square inches, moving them back when I add more to the pile or go through everything to find something I need. I've been meaning to take care of this mess for months, but what's the point? As soon as I do, it will begin its reversion to a state of disarray, achieving it far too quickly.

Nevertheless, I decided to start cleaning my desk. Garbage day is tomorrow, and various worthless OGP boxes--the coins they once held now long gone--can be taken far away, never to be seen again, if I move them mere feet. And what's this? A poorly made wooden box designed to hold a slab. It takes up so much space, it would cost far too much to ship. It serves me no good. For some reason, I decide that I should take out the insert designed to snugly hold the slab. Why, though? Both the box and the insert are going into the same garbage bin.

And then, there it is. A coin I never knew existed, hidden under the insert! I pick it up and take a look.

A quarter. A dateless Standing Liberty Quarter. It's better than nothing, but it's not much. I turn it over. A sign from above. I'm done. My desk will remain a mess. I'll go have a drink instead.

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  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,614 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You gotta know when you're beaten!

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  • FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,760 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is hilarious!

    I mean, if I was a mod.... I'd definitely forget rule #1 existed right about now.

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,209 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @airplanenut said:

    The lettering looks like it's laying on the surface of your coin. If it's solder, it may be possible to remove it by heating your coin although it's probably not worth the effort. It would be funny to send it to one of the major grading services to get a "Fair2 Details Graffiti" grade. :D

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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,333 ✭✭✭✭✭

    (There not gonna see a green bean with that attitude)

  • DCWDCW Posts: 6,897 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great thread, had me laughing this morning! :D

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  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,602 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Better than magic for humans! Have a good day. Peace Roy

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  • calgolddivercalgolddiver Posts: 1,379 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I almost spit my coffee ... thanks for the laugh.

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  • ChangeInHistoryChangeInHistory Posts: 3,000 ✭✭✭✭✭

    After working full time in a coin shop for 2+ years, this is often a necessary and appropriate approach!

  • WaterSportWaterSport Posts: 6,684 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That sentiment comes to all of us who have ever got the the notice "your grades are ready"

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  • FrazFraz Posts: 1,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Is that an error from the mint?

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,209 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Fraz said:
    Is that an error from the mint?

    Post mintage damage or PMD.

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  • labloverlablover Posts: 3,556 ✭✭✭✭✭

    "...with a sign from above..."

    I doubt if you actually received a "sign from above" that's a word HE would use.

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  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,681 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for providing encouragement to clean my desk which evaporated quickly. But it was the thought that counts.

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  • airplanenutairplanenut Posts: 21,859 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @PerryHall said:

    @airplanenut said:

    The lettering looks like it's laying on the surface of your coin. If it's solder, it may be possible to remove it by heating your coin although it's probably not worth the effort. It would be funny to send it to one of the major grading services to get a "Fair2 Details Graffiti" grade. :D

    It's carved in... it looks like something with a small tip--around the size of a ballpoint pen--was hammered in lots of times. The K shows the individual impressions pretty well, where on some of the other letters it's muddier with the end result looking more like a fair amount of metal being pushed to the side leaving a smoother and more continuous line (see the left side of the F).

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  • coinkatcoinkat Posts: 22,681 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That covers a lot of territory...

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  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,387 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Everyone talks about a "sign from above".

    Maybe it's a "sign from below".

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  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,632 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You have inspired my continued procrastination!! :smile:

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  • shortnockshortnock Posts: 363 ✭✭✭

    A messy desk is the sign of creative genius.

  • clarkbar04clarkbar04 Posts: 4,916 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The parts of my desk I CAN see usually aren't that way for long.. I could set a coin there.
    Nice find and my sentiments exactly.

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  • JWPJWP Posts: 16,598 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think a cat did it.

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