NEWP, and GTG: 1883 3CN....(Grade revealed last post)
I sat and watched this in a Dealer's Inventory for a couple of weeks. That's my usual way of saving money: Wait long enough, and someone else will buy it.
But I finally had to ask myself, "How serious am I REALLY about actually finishing this set?" I started a circulation strike set of 3C Nickels back in 2000, because it was "different", is a fairly short set, and with an interesting quirky design and history. I just decided to give it a shot. Obviously, I was mentally blocking the run of truly tough dates in the middle of the series.
Anyway, I finally decided that it might be a LONG wait to find a rather nice looking, affordable, mid-circulated grade of this date. The circulation strike mintage is only 4,000, and total graded by PCGS in ALL grades is 139....NGC is 52. It's one thing to say, "I want a nice circulated one", it's quite another to actually FIND one. So, I pulled the trigger.
I'm guessing this may be the first 3CN you graded today...and the last time you did grade one, it was probably not in a circulated grade. Not that I don't have faith in all of you...but I'm predicting a wide variation of guesses.
What say ye?
(Just realized how blurry the reverse image is....I'm photographically challenged. Sorry about that.)
Below is an accounting of the status of my set, (masked to avoid giving away the 1883 grade). Only 5 (fairly to really tough) coins to go!
Part of the quirky fun is the range of holders involved. There are 3 NGC "no-line fatties", and PCGS holders from Gen 2.2, through 6.0.
You'll note my MS-62 to 63 preferred grade...but one has to compromise when price is considered! Some of the old holders might upgrade, but I'm not sure I'll go that route. (I was wrong about the ICG I crossed over...it crossed at MS-63, rather than getting the upgrade I thought it deserved).
My collecting hiatus shows up as a gap in acquisition between 2005 and 2014. Got married, bought an "adult" house....guess it was worth it.
In a perfect world, I would be able to put them all into ONE registry set. But as is, I'm #8 on NGC, (aided by grandfathered PCGS coins), and #12 on PCGS.