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1868? Shield Nickel - The Game is on!

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1868? Shield Nickel - The Game is on!

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So, I went to the Greenhills Coin Show yesterday, up near the northernmost part of the loop around Cincinnati. Did fairly well peddling 4 of the 40 coins I brought to a wholesale show for an 11.3% profit! ($265/$238). NOT an easy pull at all, although everyone was extremely polite and professional! (We ALL know the other type!) Still, SHARKS! Nice ones, but CUT THROAT! Not for the faint of heart!

And I almost made it out the door without doing something stupid. Almost!

While waiting for one especially pleasant gentleman to carefully peruse my wares, I busied myself with his old miniature treasure chest. All coins one dollar. Lo! There among the Portuguese patacas, Malaysian ringgit, and Zambian kwacha coins - a shield nickel! Well, come on, now! Of course I had to have it! For a dollar? Everybody appreciates it when someone lightens their junk box by a coin or two! Just payin' it forward!

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Held just at the correct angle, under the most unforgiving fluorescent kitchen light, my verdict is in: "1868".

It's in the eBay gods' hands now, but I'm gonna see how high I can parlay this one-dollar cull. I'm askin' for $7.00* as an opening bid. The caper is planned! But, not really, because an AG coin lists starting at $17.00, and this might actually live as a filler in someone's type set for a spell. It really is much better in person!

edit: Came to my senses and dropped it to $5.00 - I'm not a monster!

I'll update this post with a report on the next coin I buy with the proceeds from the sale of this one. I'll call it "My One-Dollar Challenge". Anyone else wanna join in the fun?

And no, Earle42, you already get all of your coins for free, apparently! ;) That ain't the rules here!
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Re: 1868? Shield Nickel - The Game is on!

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I would of asked to pay 50 Cents and turned around and sold it for $10 . ; )
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SensibleSal66 wrote: Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:12 am I would of asked to pay 50 Cents and turned around and sold it for $10 . ; )
I bow down before thee, O, King of the Shrewds! So. Much. To. Learn. Still!

Curiously, this is one type you rarely find for cheap-cheap any more. They've gone up! And I am just not a nickel guy, anyway. Liberty? Stunning classic Charles Barber. (I don't know why the term "V-Nickel" rubs me the wrong way. It just does.) Buffalo? Imaginative. Jefferson? Not even a real coin.

One of each is quite enough for me. Don't need to put together a whole set.
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... and what IS that black oobleck that is absolutely immune to every non-radio-active substance known to mankind? Acetone? It smirked. Xylene? It laughed.

Like a thick jet-black lacquer. I've seen it on a couple of coins now.

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Although usually found on copper coins, carbon spots can be seen on other coins as well.
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Yeah, well, it's totally ruining my prize cull!

Wonder if I can label it "Rare Carbonated Error Variety"...
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At least Jack came back home with magic beans!

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#8 Unread post by Earle42 »

Y'know, every day I get online, hit "unread posts" and go through them one at a time.

Have you got some sort of filter I am unaware of so I don't see your posts Mr. eBay Hornet?

I have no idea how I missed this one before?!

Anywhoo...it reminds me of my first shield nickel as well. And I got it from a (back then) 10¢ junk box or foreign as well.

I still have it somewhere. Wow...9.99?! According to an inflation calculator online I paid 45¢ in 2021 value back then.

Missed the investment opportunity of a lifetime I guess.
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Which is why I'm getting a Hornet sooner than you! LOL!

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#10 Unread post by Earle42 »

Well...seriously....I love the Hudson Hornet. But my car of choice would be the '58 Buick special. More chrome than the incredible 57 Bel Air and...my Dad had his old (non-running) one in the back yard when I was a wee ankle biter. I loved the look of that piece of art/machinery and would love to have one. But alas, I likely could not take proper care of it anymore.

Its like our modern coins vs. the classics. No imagination in the design. Functional AND incredibly beautiful (Oh those Walking Halves!) WAS the way to go.
And we call what we use nowadays cars?!?
And we call what we use nowadays cars?!?
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