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Any Buyer's Remorse?
March 05, 2010



Here we are more than one year after the sales began for the 2009 Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens gold $20.

It is approximately two months since sales ended.

The mintage, though not finalized by the Mint’s accountants, is 115,178.

Did you buy one?

More importantly: are you glad you bought one?

I wrote a year ago how excited fellow staff member Bob Van Ryzin was the day the UHR coin he had ordered arrived.

He showed it around the office. He showed it to me. It was one of those experiences that every collector understands, that undefinable pride of owning something that you have always wanted to own.

Sure, he is a Saint-Gaudens scholar; I am not, but I sure understood how he felt. Collector feelings are important. We don’t talk about them. It is all about completing a set, making a buck, or art and history. We don’t usually say what we feel.

How about you? How are you feeling about your UHR?



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On March 5, 2010 harvlaser said
I waited all year, mulling it over, and bought my UHR three hours before the Mint took them off-sale on 12/31/2009.. of course, I should've bought it in January, 2009, and saved $300.00.. c'est la vie.. it's one of the most beautiful hunks of Gold I've ever seen.. even the box is a work of art.. I bought it both for its beauty, its one-year-only Mintage, and as a potential investment.. I plan to submit it to NGC.. it looks like a 70 to me, but it also looks "Prooflike".. as one of the last ones sold, depending on how the Mint's inventory Storage works, perhaps the last ones sold were the first ones Minted.. no one seems to know if it's FIFO or FILO.. if NGC give it their "PL" label, even if it's a 69, its value will double or triple from what it cost me.. considering my savings are paying 1% interest, I decided this coin would never lose its value, and could only go up.. perhaps way up.. only time will tell..

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News, Bank Note Reporter and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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