A 1793 Jewelry Store Find
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On my way from Tennessee to the recent Summer FUN Show in Orlando, I visited a jewelry store that had a "coins" sign in the window. As usual, I was hunting for the elusive counterstamps that I crave and Civil War tokens, too. Not spotting any of those in the showcase, I inquired. An employee then handed to me a bowl with a few hundred, lower grade, mostly damaged coins. Sadly, there were no counterstamped coins therein. But, I did find the above wreath cent, having a vine and bars edge, along with an 1831 N-12. The latter coin is a choice, tan vg-fine, I'd say, and the cud was likely viewed as damage, given its resting place. The employee had to summon the manager to price these. Consulting a gray sheet, the price was quoted well under $100 for the pair ... Shades of Wyatt Earp, I couldn't draw my wallet out fast enough! I plucked a few CWT's from the bowl, too. Upon arriving at the show, two of the EAC dealers there adjudged it to be an S-11a. The date and Liberty are are barely discernible; this, as is half of the reverse. The wear is remarkably even, and there's naught but heavy wear to be seen as a detractor.
The hunt is always fun, and this experience just "goes to show" that persistence in the hunt can have sweet consequences ...Two cherries for a modest price!