scottgardener's Coin Album

1806 1/2C Small 6, No Stems VF35BN PCGS #1093

A gift from my wife Cathey for Christmas, this early half cent pre-dates the War of 1812, having been minted during Thomas Jefferson's second term. It has been variety-attributed, noting the small 6 on the obverse and lack of stems on the reverse, one of the more common varieties for this date. This coin has witnessed more than 200 years of history, from the two close calls--1812 and the Civil War--that almost destroyed our nation, to the rise of the U.S. as an international superpower in the Twentieth Century in the aftermath of two World Wars.

1943-S 1C MS64 PCGS #2717

From the peak of World War II, when steel was a precious metal

1944-D 1C MS65RD PCGS #2725

Minted during the height of World War II, the alloy copper that made this coin came from recycled ammunition casings. Japan was fighting hard to maintain control over the Eastern Pacific, while the Allied forces launch that year Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy commonly known as D-Day.

1964 1C PR67RD PCGS #3404

One of the last proof versions of circulating coins to come out of Philadelphia, from the fateful year of 1964.

1964 1C PR67RD PCGS #3404

One of the last proof versions of circulating coins to come out of Philadelphia, from the fateful year of 1964.

1936 5C AU53 PCGS #3977

From my medical school days

1936 5C AU53 PCGS #3977

From my medical school days

1962 5C PR66 PCGS #4194

Dramatic yellow and lavender toning, hard to see in my overly dark scan

1962 5C PR66 PCGS #4194

Dramatic yellow and lavender toning, hard to see in my overly dark scan

1835 10C XF45 PCGS #4527

From the TNA Show in Arlington

1835 25C XF40 PCGS #5354

This coin dates back to Andrew Jackson's administration and the passage of Halley's Comet, along with the coincident birth of the writer popularly known as Mark Twain, whom I should note was a big proponent of Osteopathy.

1853 25C Arrows and Rays VF20 PCGS #5426

A rather heavily used example of the one year type, featuring dramatic rays on the reverse to set it apart from previous years. This coin may be the 1000th 1853 quarter to enter into the PCGS population.

1884 50C PR63 PCGS #6445

My first $1k+ non-gold coin, my first pre-modern proof, and a radical departure from my emphasis on gold among my higher end coins.

1884 50C PR63 PCGS #6445

My first $1k+ non-gold coin, my first pre-modern proof, and a radical departure from my emphasis on gold among my higher end coins.

1945-S 50C MS65 PCGS #6626

Got at a coin show around 2001, originally certified by Accugrade. I cracked it out and had it regraded raw with PCGS, and was pleased that it returned still MS65. This coin was minted in the year that saw the end of World War II, a turbulent year that brought the end of the horrors of the Nazi regime, but also brought what hopefully will never be repeated--the use of nuclear weapons.

1878-S $1 MS63 PCGS #7082

VAM 2 (unlabeled) It's in a rattler holder, but it doesn't rattle.

1881-S $1 MS64 PCGS #7130

A very early rattler, this "abalone" coin has a mottled obverse and a burnt golden reverse. Lots of personality.

1884 $1 MS63 PCGS #7150

faintly toned amber and lavender reverse. Got it raw and had certified.

1884-O $1 MS64 PCGS #7154

Bought raw, this remarkably toned coin finally gets the recognition it deserves

1884-O $1 MS64 PCGS #7154

Bought raw, this remarkably toned coin finally gets the recognition it deserves

1890-CC $1 VF35 PCGS #7198

I nailed the grade estimate on this one, a slightly used Carson City late date piece that is helping to rebuild my thinned-out Morgan collection, now that I'm being pickier about eye appeal.

1899-O $1 MS64 PCGS #7260

My first PGCS certified coin. Obverse features slight toning over "Unum" and a few face scratches. Reverse is clean and sharp.

1921 $1 Morgan AU58 PCGS #7296

Remarkable toning on the obverse adds visual interest

1921 $1 Morgan AU58 PCGS #7296

Remarkable toning on the obverse adds visual interest

1921 $1 High Relief, Peace AU58 PCGS #7356

I really expected this coin to grade higher, on the order of MS62 or 63. It has a much better strike than most 1921 Peace dollars, with good hair definition around the ear.

1921 $1 High Relief, Peace AU58 PCGS #7356

I really expected this coin to grade higher, on the order of MS62 or 63. It has a much better strike than most 1921 Peace dollars, with good hair definition around the ear.

1925 $1 MS65 PCGS #7365

For my side project, of affordable but carefully picked Peace Dollars. This coin has a very clean and flashy obverse with superior eye appeal. The reverse looks splotchy on the scan, but in person exhibits subtle reddish tonning over the "splotches," and a soft blue over the base and the word "Peace." This piece raises the bar on my future work on this set.

1926 $1 MS64 PCGS #7367

From the TNA show in Fort Worth, 5/20/2011

1926-S $1 MS63 PCGS #7369

A nice, crisp coin that looks better in person than on my scanner. Lady Liberty has a die crack running across her fronto-parietal head, drawing a line through her crown of rays. This does not distract, but instead adds interest, to a clean white surface.

1928 $1 MS62 PCGS #7373

From the ANA show in late 2012

1934-S $1 VF30 PCGS #7377

A condition rarity in higher grades, this VF example appears weary and pitted, very much as the ideal of Peace must have felt at the time of its minting, the dark period of the Great Depression and the dawn of the greatest terrors ever to face Europe.

1852 G$1 AU55 PCGS #7517

I really expected this coin to grade better. I thought it could even grade MS62. So, I've been taking a magnifier to it. I'll have to compare it with an uncirculated coin so that I can get a better feel for what I'm missing. Thankfully, I did not over-pay, and it's a great-looking coin for the grade.

1855 G$1 AU53 PCGS #7532

From the ANA Money Show at Fort Worth; I actually had money enough for this after buying the $3

1839-C $2.50 XF45 PCGS #7699

Good original surfaces, a late die state piece showing dramatic die cracks. Of this rare date, this is the more common variety, using an overdated 1838c die.

1843-C $2.50 Large Date VF35 PCGS #7728

Noted for distinct original toned surfaces and backed by CAC, this coin was, according to a dealer, previously graded higher by NGC. It is featured in the PCGS Coinfacts photo library, and is a good example of a coin that cannot be priced by standard guides alone.

1843-C $2.50 Large Date VF35 PCGS #7728

Noted for distinct original toned surfaces and backed by CAC, this coin was, according to a dealer, previously graded higher by NGC. It is featured in the PCGS Coinfacts photo library, and is a good example of a coin that cannot be priced by standard guides alone.

1896 $2.50 MS64 PCGS #7848

First new coin of 2014 (not counting the ones from the proof set gift from New Year's party)

1910 $2.50 AU58 PCGS #7941

This is a good example of an AU58 slider, a coin that just missed a good MS62 or maybe even a 63. I suspect it just missed the coveted + designation.

1910 $2.50 AU58 PCGS #7941

This is a good example of an AU58 slider, a coin that just missed a good MS62 or maybe even a 63. I suspect it just missed the coveted + designation.

1913 $2.50 MS62 PCGS #7945

A regrade did not change, but I do feel this coin is premium for the grade.

1856 $3 AU50 PCGS #7974

From the Texas Coin Show in December, finishing the year by finishing at last the twelve coin type set.

1848 $5 XF45 PCGS #8236

This gold half eagle, though minted in Philadelphia, bears the auspicious date of 1848, when gold was first discovered in California, sparking the gold rush.

1848-D $5 XF45 PCGS #8238

Sharp reverse, soft around stars on obverse 9:00 position; crusty

1853 $5 MS61 PCGS #8253

Underappreciated, this coin is, by date and condition census, my rarest coin.

1853-C $5 AU53 PCGS #8254

First coin for 2015, this just missed appearing at the FUN. CAC backed, still has traces of luster

1895 $5 MS62 PCGS #8390

From Lone Star Mint, funded in part by purging CDs, DVDs, and books I no longer need. This coin has subtle but remarkable toning when viewed up close in person.

1911 $5 MS64 PCGS #8520

My big purchase for the year at the ANA Money Show in Dallas, the same day I first became an ANA member. Cathey and Mom were with me to enjoy the show. CAC approved.

1895-O $10 MS62 PCGS #8733

A regrade; I had hoped for a 62+. I bought this coin before knowing its real relative rarity, intrigued by the O mint mark and passing on a more common date in MS63. I got home and discovered on CoinFacts what a bargain I had.

1895-O $10 MS62 PCGS #8733

A regrade; I had hoped for a 62+. I bought this coin before knowing its real relative rarity, intrigued by the O mint mark and passing on a more common date in MS63. I got home and discovered on CoinFacts what a bargain I had.

1932 $10 MS64 PCGS #8884

From Saunders at the Texas Coin Show in Grapevine. CAC endorsed.

1908 $20 No Motto MS65 PCGS #9142

This coin marks the re-launch of my coin collecting in 2008, and for three years was my top coin. It was recently regraded through SecurePlus, keeping its MS65 grade and proving that its subdued tone is is not a sign of tampering but proof of its original surfaces.

1908 $20 No Motto MS65 PCGS #9142

This coin marks the re-launch of my coin collecting in 2008, and for three years was my top coin. It was recently regraded through SecurePlus, keeping its MS65 grade and proving that its subdued tone is is not a sign of tampering but proof of its original surfaces.

1915-S $20 MS64 PCGS #9168

CAC certified, and hand-picked from the large inventory of a dealer whose inventory stands out as premium quality. I went with the best I could afford, which was a somewhat better date piece that just missed MS65 (Perhaps graded before the plus qualifier)

1880 25C BG-799X MS63 PCGS #10650

Territorial gold; an interesting conversation piece to round out a gold type set

1855 $5 AU58

NGC number 1630697-002. This is one of my earlier gold coins, from a coin show the weekend Mom was visiting, while Hurricane Ike blew over Nacogdoches.

1891-CC $10 MS61

For my 36th birthday; Carson City gold.

1911-D $2.5 Strong D PCGS #7943

This is it, the biggie of the year. I said I'd do an 11-D in 2011, and it's done.

1907 $10 No Motto AU58 PCGS #8852

Up-trade from small plain bullion. If it weren't for just a distinct rub just above the ear on the obverse this could have graded in the MS range. It has faint coppery toning around UNITED on the reverse and a flashy luster with overall pretty astonishing eye appeal.