Hello again, coin people. After a 3-year hiatus I have returned to my fond hobby of early $20 Gold collecting. I learned some painful lessons along the way and probably have a lot more to learn.
Anyway, thanks to a financial settlement I will be able to add coins to my collection. I saved up a few dollars and purchased a high-relief Saint, albeit a "problem" coin. I was trying to figure out the "fair market" price before I made an offer on the coin. The dealer wanted $7500, I offered $6000 and got it for $6750 about a month ago. It has a very noticeable scratch at 4:00 on the obverse and the knee and breast are noticeably worn. However, it is virtually free of "tick marks" and has not been cleaned. It has a deep dark tone color uniform throughout the coin.
Maybe someday I'll "trade-up" to an AU 58 but the prices seem to be on the upswing for this coin. I plan to keep it and my other 18 double eagles indefinitely as I travel to Europe and do volunteer music and service work throughout the world.
I look forward to "talking coins again."