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ProofmorganProofmorgan Posts: 715 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited March 20, 2024 9:03AM in U.S. Coin Forum

It's been almost a year lull in my Early Gold conquests, mostly due to quality coin availability. Add that to building a house and it really puts a damper on the time and funds needed to continue the set. On a positive note, it has prevented me from chasing sub-par examples out of boredom and impatience. I always try to find ways to stay numismatically stimulated during these down times, so.....classic commems found in the wild in their original holders, is the current diversion.

A local coin shop find of two New Rochelles in the original cards, followed by a Roanoke with the original envelope even, and this week a cards and envelope of 3 Delawares has me on a roll. I haven't been hunting them necessarily, but they just kind of pop up. Finding them in original state with the paperwork and using them as grading experiments/education has been quite satisfying. I have a feeling these finds are rare, but they've kind of fallen in my lap over the past several months.

Once I have the Delaware's graded I'll have a larger post with photos of all. But until then, post up any that you found in the original packaging and how they graded/look. Even discovery stories as a bonus.

Looking forward to your posts!

Collector of Original Early Gold with beginnings in Proof Morgan collecting.


  • ProofmorganProofmorgan Posts: 715 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ll share a teaser. Feel free to GTG as well.

    Collector of Original Early Gold with beginnings in Proof Morgan collecting.
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  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,471 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 20, 2024 1:27PM

    I love the three piece Delaware set with the original holder. I have all of the piece parts, but not that holder.

    This Delaware did not come in this holder, but it was stored in a holder like this for considerable time.

    I bought this small Delaware medal at the John Dickinson Mansion when I was on my 5th grade field trip in the spring of 1960. These were left over and the state was still selling them for the issue price of 50 cents.

    I would like to find more of the "old commemorative" coins with the original package, but only dealer I know who had them with any regularity is Anthony Swiatek, and seems to have retired.

    Here is a Columbian half dollar with a leather cover in which it was unofficially sold.

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  • MitchellMitchell Posts: 527 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm originally from San Francisco (now exiled to Oregon). A long time ago, I had loaded up on Bay Bridge memorabilia.

    The coin in the presentation holder was graded as MS66 in 1991 when I sent it in to NGC (a very high grade back then).
    Unfortunately, there aren't any distinguishing characteristics that could separate the presentation pieces from regular mint state pieces. Someday, I'll send the coin back in - but at the current price levels, does it really matter?

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  • snizzlesnizzle Posts: 208 ✭✭✭✭

    Found this a couple years ago

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