Look what the cat drug in - a new CBH for the group - Grade posted
I know it's really hard to believe I bought a CBH, right? I mean, it's not like I don't have a few of those already.
So I really struggled with whether I was going to give this one a chance. Images were okay although a little on the "glamor-shot" side, which made it hard to determine luster and surface quality.
Price was no bargain, but good coins rarely are.
Hmmm'ng and hah'ng and after some negotiations getting things closer to a price we could agree on, the dealer says ... If that works (on the last price) I'll just send it. If you like it, send me a check.
That stopped me for a moment. I think to myself, He knows me. We've done business face-to-face. He has to believe I will like this one.
Okay, I agree, after some more thought.
That was about two weeks ago. He had business and a show and some family things and I think the mail was delayed in there too. The coin arrived yesterday.
Sometimes I run ideas and thoughts past a friend or two. In this case I had only mentioned to one other person that this coin was even coming to me, and neither of us knew for sure what the coin would look like in hand. Neither of us knew or could find where it came from.
My motto is keep it fresh until the deal is done.
It's always good to see what other people think, even if sometimes I have had times I didn't want to hear! But I have always figured if I pass, yet had shared the coin around, and then the dealer got it back and put it back up ... that certainly would leave a small cloud over the coin.
Anyone who noticed might say, Oh, somebody passed.
Almost as bad as a common one I've heard recently, Oh, the coin's been lingering.
That second one's kind of funny to me.
Oh, yeah, but it was priced strong, is kind of a specialist coin, and it didn't get picked in the instant gratification age in the requisite 13 minutes and 27 seconds after it posted.
FWIW, this one lingered at least a few days (maybe a whole week and a half!) before I inquired. And then it took us a couple days after that.
I shared her arrival yesterday over texts (or PM's) with half a dozen friends a couple hours after I had it in hand and was able to get some surprisingly good (for me) images.
The consensus was heartwarming, but I had already written the check. She was NOT going anywhere.
Along side of a "How much?" and a "No fair", both of which garnered a good chuckle, one of the responses I got from an old-time CBH guy is as follows;
"I had an undegraded 55 17/3 which I never loved in spite of its nice strike and luster. It was dipped white. I bought it as a placeholder ... and never found "the one" for an upgrade. So I'm always jealous when I see one like this."
I really liked that comment. A lot.
Part of my original hesitation (other than price) was I didn't want a placeholder, and while she may not be super high grade, or the right coin for everybody, she checks off all the right attributes for me, and I am thrilled she is here.
Feel free to GTG or anything else regarding her grading and acceptance in the marketplace, and offer any comments you have about her.
I do love to hear what other people think.
1817/3 O-101 (101.2)
“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