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I think I got the bargain of a lifetime

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A "TOP POP" NGC 1963 MS67 cent with only 4 existing, and I got it for a steal.

I was checking my eBay favorite searches when I noticed something way down at the bottom in one of the fixed price listings. It was a 1963 Cent graded by NGC as MS67RD. The "BUY IT NOW" price was $219.95. I knew I wanted one for my registry set, but I didn't have any idea what it was really worth so I got onto the Collector's Society website and checked the population report. It told me that there are only 4 existing in MS67 and none higher. Wow, I thought I had better snag it quick before someone else gets it. But before I did, I wanted to check on the value. Well I couldn't find a value anywhere, but I did find someone who was trying to sell an ICG graded MS67RD 1963 for $2500, so I decided to go ahead and buy the NGC one and hope I didn't spend too much. When I registered it into my 1963 NGC Mint Set, I found that the score for this coin was only 237 (with only 4 existing). I have an MS67 Dime in the same set that scores 437 (with 217 existing). I'm not sure how these things get decided, but that seems a little off to me. So I zipped off an email to the people in charge to let them know that I thought there was a discrepancy in their scores. I haven't heard back from them yet. Anyway, I feel very fortunate to have acquired this coin at what I have come to realize was a very reasonable price. If any of you out there have any other 1963 MS67 coins that you would be willing to let go for a steal, please let me know. Especially if they are "Full Step", "Full Torch", or "Full Bell Line" examples.

As a side note, I just noticed another 1963 Cent graded MS67RD by NGC on ebay with a buy it now of $229. Of course, I bought it too. I'm sure you could hear the evil snicker that came out of me thinking I now have 2 of the 4 known in this top grade (heh, heh, heh, heh). Well, when I contacted the seller, it turns out they accidently turbolisted the coin I already bought in a previous auction and they hadn't had a chance to cancel the auction. BUMMER. I'm still looking for top pop 1963's.

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