Posted: 6/19/2010 10:29:33 PM |
successfully bagged my prize !!
It's been a bit slow for me in coin collecting. Besides one horrible submission and continuing with my raw Barber half album, not a lot of upgrades or additions for my registry sets have been available.
So to cut to the chase, I don't collect any modern series except for the Canadian proof dimes with the Bluenose Schooner Sailing ship on them. This gives me some peace because I don't have to worry about release dates, first strikes, early releases, the aggravation of dealing with the Mint..etc...Mainly though it is just a matter of preference--I like the classic coinage designs. There is a certain mystic to these old pieces with their long history and dating back to times when the world was far different.
Well today I went searching for the 2010 Canadian Proof set so I can pick out the Bi-metal commem, the $2 coin and of course, the dime...then get those three graded and added to sets ( I consider the dimes the only one I actively collect-the others are just sidelights). Well it turns out that Canada has released 2 different proof sets for 2010 !!
I love when the Royal Canadian Mint adds commem dimes for the series. This way I can build the set and it has variety instead of just being the "same coin different date" scenario. So it turns out that the special set is a commem set with a limited mintage of 5,000 AND that it has been out for a little while.
The set has already completely SOLD OUT at the Mint with no more being made. Well, the hunt was on !! I saw 2 or 3 on ebay for roughly 2-3X what the mint was selling them for..I searched a few of the Canadian coin dealers that I've used in the past--no luck, also SOLD OUT. Finally I located one after surfing and clicking away for about 2 hours--and at just $40 above mint cost ( plus about $10 cheaper shipping)...
I'll still have to eventually buy the regular issue 2010 Proof Set and I'll also have to email NGC and let them know to add two slots for 2010 ( one for each edition). Hopefully there will be some extra points given for the limited edition set--it sure cost enough.
So here is a picture of the coin/design--the 75th anniversary, of the last year, of the King George V design..really nice looking coin and will be a super addition to the set....
PS: if you've never seen my 1981-present Canada proof dime set, it really is worth a few moments to look. It's a neat set with several multi-coin years with commems, and the queen on the obverse has changed the bust as she has aged also. Throw in some subtle changes in the depiction of the ship and the dentil style of the coin ( also the metal switched from cuni to silver about a decade ago)..and it is an interesting and fun set..
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