coinsbygary

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When I was a young boy, my cousin introduced me to the hobby of coin collecting. Because I was also interested in photography, I used to frequent a local camera store. Along with camera supplies, this store had a rotating display case full of coins that I enjoyed scrolling through.

My very first coin purchase was an 1881-S Morgan Dollar in BU PL condition; this coin was old, shiny, and inexpensive at just $12! Now 35 years later, I still own that 1881-S Morgan Dollar, even though it is still worth less than $100.

I loved looking through the Red Book dreaming of the coins I would buy if I had the money, especially the coins in the back of the book where the gold listings are. As a teenager, I was beginning to show signs of gold fever.

Working through high school, I spent the bulk of the money I did not save on coin purchases. My first gold purchase as a teenager was an 1881 BU Half Eagle for $105 from a mail order ad in "Coins" magazine. Since then I have had this coin graded, and it resides in my Gold Liberty type collection graded at PCGS MS-62.

My next gold purchase as a youth stretched my resources. I purchased an 1858-C VF Half Eagle for $350, and my attraction to this coin was that it had a low mintage from an obscure branch mint.

I enjoy the comradely among fellow coin enthusiasts, and once I invited a kid to attend a coin show with me who was much younger than I was. As fate would have it, this kid happened to be the son of my mother’s boss. This boss always said to my mother how impressed he was with me taking his son to that show. As for me, I enjoy the company of fellow coin collectors, whoever they may be.

Two other purchases I made as a teen were an 1876 20-cent piece and an 1885-CC Morgan Dollar from the Lavere Redfield hoard. Since then my collecting has been sporadic, depending on my life situation. However, the passion has always been there. Gold has still not lost its luster with me, and today I am a very active collector. The cousin that introduced me to coin collecting years ago no longer collects.

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[Collapse] Australia - Commemorative
  Silver $10, 1982-Date, Proof 9 Gary's White Cockatoo 3 1 1 1 258 258 9/29/2020172
[Collapse] Australia - Bullion
  Kookaburra Silver 1 Ounce, 1990-Date, Mint State (without Varieties) 114 Gary's Kookaburras 2 1 1 0 484 66 7/20/20191217
[Collapse] Austria
  100 Corona, 1892-1916, Mint State and Proof 10 Gary's "Lady in the Clouds" 0 0 0 0 0 -1095 5/6/20241251
  Silver 500 Schilling Commemorative, 1980-2001, Proof Issue 3 Gary's 500 Shilling Commemorative 1 1 1 1 223 -163 9/14/2018732
[Collapse] Bahamas
  Copper-Nickel $2, Two Flamingos, 1974-1989, Circulation Issue 3 Garys Flamingos 12 1 1 1 37 37 3/11/2021142
[Collapse] British Virgin Islands
  Silver $1, 1973-Date, Proof 10 Gary's Virgin Islands Una and the Lion 2 1 1 0 766 766 7/31/2021114
[Collapse] Canada - Commemorative
  Silver $10, Commemorative Issues, 1973-Date, Proof 33 Gary's Canadian 10's 0 2 2 2 787 -19 12/11/2020777
  Silver $20, 1985-2016, Proof 97 Gary's Canadian 20's 0 1 1 1 487 24 8/13/2019665
  Gold $100, 1976-Date, Complete 25 Gary's $100 Canadian Gold 1 1 1 1 2247 1522 1/4/20201227
  Gold $200, 1990-Date, Complete 19 Gary's $200 Canadian Gold 0 1 1 1 2991 2042 1/4/20171451
  Peace Dollars, 2019-Date, Complete 38 Garys Canadian Peace Dollars 5 1 1 0 563 563 11/17/202255
[Collapse] Canada - Maritime Provinces
  Newfoundland, 1865-1888 $2 Gold 11 Gary's NewFoundland Gold 2$ 12 1 1 1 1916 -65 3/10/2020287
[Collapse] China - Panda Series
  Silver 10Y (1 ounce or 30 grams) Panda, 1989-Date, Mint State (Incl. Varieties) 332 Gary's Panda's 3 3 2 0 469 -564 4/16/2019671
[Collapse] Denmark
  20 Kroner, Gold, 1873-1917, Circulation Issue 12 Gary's 20 Kroner 6 1 1 1 1490 139 12/4/2017523
[Collapse] Falkland Islands
  Crown, 2005 - Date, Mint State & Proof 2 Gary's Falkland Island Crowns 2 1 1 1 201 0 5/31/2017552
[Collapse] France - 1870-Date
  10 Centimes, 1898-1945, Circulation Issue 5 Gary's French 10 Centimes 1 1 1 1 327 0 6/21/2013620
  Franc, 1920-1931 (Chambres de Commerce), Circulation Issue 4 Gary's French Francs 11 1 1 1 131 0 11/27/2013561
  2 Euros, 1999 - Date, Proof 6 Gary's French 2-Euro Proof Commemoratives 2 1 1 0 94 94 8/2/2021107
  Silver 10 Euros, 2009-Date, Proof 8 Gary's French Commemorative Euros 3 10 10 3 3165 1168 7/5/2022539
[Collapse] French Indo-China
  Cent, 1885-1943, Circulation Issue 26 Gary's French Indo China Cents 2 1 1 1 143 0 11/29/2013640
  5 Cents, 1923-1946, Circulation Issue 11 Gary's French Indo China Five Cents 9 1 1 0 98 98 8/27/2013397
  Piastre, 1946-1947, Circulation Issue 5 Gary's French Indo China Piastres 33 1 1 1 76 76 7/22/2013518
[Collapse] Germany - 1919-Date
  10 Mark Commemoratives, 1972-2001, Circulation Issue 9 Garys 10 Mark Commemoratives 1 1 1 0 282 282 6/29/2020207
[Collapse] Great Britain - Pre-Decimal
  Halfpenny, Victoria, 1838-1901, Circulation Issue 37 Gary's Victoria/Britannia Half Pennys 1 1 1 1 553 141 9/14/2017943
  Trade Dollars, 1895-1935B, Circulation Issue 73 Gary's Great Britain Trade Dollars 2 1 1 0 450 -6 8/10/2019527
[Collapse] Great Britain - Decimal (1971-Date)
  Silver Five Pounds, Commemorative, Elizabeth II, 1990-2022, Proof 47 Gary's Five Pounders 1 2 2 1 2164 -2923 10/3/2022765
[Collapse] Great Britain - Sovereigns and Bullion
  Sovereign, Victoria, 1838-1901, Circulation Issue 78 Gary's Sovereigns 1 1 1 1 1381 103 6/21/20161018
  Britannia, Silver 2 Pounds, 1998-Date, Mint State, Including Varieties 18 Gary's Britannia's 43 23 23 1 7961 -2643 7/18/20221544
  The Great Engravers, 2019-Date, Complete 42 Garys Great Engravers 3 1 1 0 2923 2923 12/15/202179
[Collapse] Haiti
  Silver 50 Gourdes, 1973-Date, Mint State 7 Garys Circulaion Issue 50 Gourdes 6 1 1 0 262 0 3/20/2021398
  Silver 50 Gourdes, Type Set, 1973-Date, Proof 14 Garys Gourdes 7 1 1 0 102 -176 3/20/2021371
[Collapse] Iceland
  Silver & Gold Commemoratives, 1961-2000, Proof and Mint State 16 Garys Icelandic Commemoratives 5 1 1 1 484 484 8/17/2019269
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