Back in the 1990s, a period that doesn't seem like it should be that long ago, but which is rapidly receding from the rear view mirror, it was possible to snag wonderfully toned Washington quarters on the bourse floor. Not only was it possible, but the coins didn't cost an arm-and-a-leg and they were reasonably plentiful enough that selling an especially nice piece didn't always hurt that badly. That all changed for me when I tripled my money on a fabulously toned 1949-D WQ (paid $15 and sold for a whopping $45) and the buyer took the time to send me through the USPS a handwritten letter to tell me it was the most spectacular coin he had ever purchased and to please let him know if I ever had another coin like this that I was interested in moving. I had been hesitant to sell that 1949-D because it was so much nicer than the-then market valued it; the very nice letter hammered the point home. I was playing with fire when I sold these coins and there was no guarantee that another would take its place. Continued...
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