I am going to get a double eagle because I don't have one and I want one. Suggestions on where to get one? I want would rather have one in good condition (not slabbed) so I am a little hesitant to buy online.
Double Eagle (eric any help?)
seen some good deals on eBay.
Yeah, I don't like slabbed ones either. I want to hold mine, really feel the weight, stack 'em, jingle 'em, etc. Given my preferences for something I can touch without fearing that I'm hurting the value, I tend to go for the lower grades. They're cheaper too.
Lowest grade usually is called "Cleaned". This is sometimes a decent coin that someone took some polish to somewhere along the line. That takes away all numismatic value and reduces it to pretty much bullion pricing.
Next up, is usually called somewhere in the "Fine" "Very Fine" or "Extra Fine". These grades are highly subjective and quite variable. Quite often these will still be quite nice looking coins, at least to an amateur eye.
All my Double Eagles are somewhere in the Cleaned-Fine-Very Fine range. Nothing special but I like them.
Above that would be "AU" or "About Uncirculated". These are for sure very nice looking coins, but now you start getting into the situation where you really need to keep that coin in it's holder and don't go touching it with your fingers any more than you have to. If that's fine with you, you are not a jingler, then maybe you want the AU coin.
Your best bet is probably a local coin shop, that way you can see the coin and decide for yourself.
Next up might be ebay, but if you are not really familiar with the coin and not familiar with ebay, then I'd stay away.
About all that's left after that is to order one online and take your chances. You might try these:
It's a miracle I ever saw your question. Just happened to catch the corner of my eye in the "Active Forum Topics" sidebar. Such is the blog these days....
And I don't even get a hat tip for it? Sheesh!
Just kidding buddy, I don't care. Good luck on getting a nice coin. :)