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Your 3 Favorite Finds Of 2019. Here's Mine

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On 12/31/2019 at 3:26 PM, Gerry in Idaho said:

1st favorite find of 2019 is a really rare Barber Quarter.  In fact IT IS THE RAREST of Barber Quarters minted.  I have not had it professionally clean and right now it looks like crap, but of all the coins I have dug up in 40+ years of metal detecting, this is by far the rarest (40,000 minted).  It is a 1913-S.  it was found with a Minelab EQ-800.



Impressive finds, all, Gerry.  I really like the quarter.  Metal detecting for old coins is a kind of stepping back in time.  Although coin collecting comes in many forms, possibly the most popular (and certainly most affordabe!) is searching through pocket change and bank rolls.  Thus I ask "when was the last time someone found a 1913-S Barber Quarter in circulation?"

Realistically it was difficult to find them ever given their low mintage (~40,000 as you point out).  Coin collecting took off after WWII.  Barbers were no longer in cirulation when I started collecting in 1959 (or at least I never saw one).  So the answer to my question is prior to 1960, and even by then it was very unlikely with ~1950 being a more realistic cutoff.  Metal detecting has allowed you to step back in time by at least 60 years.


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My favorites that I snagged for 2019.


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16 minutes ago, kac said:

My favorites that I snagged for 2019.


Kac,  Those finds are really nice.  I like the patina on the 2 bigger green MX coins.  The small white coin is it from Philippines.  Is the ring Tungsten? Thanks for sharing?

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GB,  Since you have been collecting for so long, you realize the rarity of the 13-S Barber.  It is by fare the rarest coin I have found including my many trips detecting in England.  Not sure if you know, but how would you go about getting it professionally cleaned and then graded?  I realize PCSG will mention it has been cleaned, when they slab it, but as is, most folks would not take a 2nd look.  Heck I even thought about getting all 3 cleaned and displaying them together as they all came from the same hole. I realize your input is only advice, but since I am not a serious coin collector, thought I'd ask since it is more of your profession.  Once I figure out how to get the video to upload to Steve's site, I'll be able to share it.  I tried, but it says it is not formatted correctly.  There again, not my specialty.

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