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Ego & Vanity vs Principles & Integrity



What would you do?

I could easily be NGC Best in Category for the Presidential Mint State series. All I would need to do is buy the two MS69s available on Ebay and I would be in the lead. The price is not too bad for either of those Presidents either.

Here's the issue: I could sell out my principles and integrity for what is simply for Ego and Vanity. Awards are nice but if it all it takes is who has the most money in the end to win, its not much of an accomplishment. And, in hundred years, would anyone care? The bigger issue is the dealer is not big on honesty or integrity. If I buy these two President dollars from him, I am losing my values and condoning the business practices.

So for the record, I could capture the Best in Category Award this year but I choose to live with myself and make a statement. No dealer should be allowed to add designations to coins just to increase the selling price. No dealer should be allowed to "create" their own CAC type label that carries no value and tarnishes all dealers that make an effort every day to be fair to the new coin collector.

What would you do?

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