How do you assemble a set when one coin is 10x the cost of the others?
An idea popped into my head for a date set I might want to put together. Looking through the PCGS price guide to get a general idea of what it would cost, the set is pretty reasonable in 64-65, with most coins valued around $300-700 (except for a $20 gold, but that coin is expensive because of the gold, not the date).
However, one coin in the set is a few grand; the type collector in me hates the idea of ponying up so much for a coin just because it's a better date, especially when the idea for the set it somewhat on a whim and it's a type where I already have multiple nice examples of common dates. All that said, a lower AU would probably be priced in line with the other denominations, or a VF/XF could be the least expensive coin in the set. The other option would be to declare the set Philly only and then I could skip the half dollar entirely, but part of me thinks that's cheating.
I've always just purchased coins as I see them and like them, with no consideration for how multiple coins will appear side-by-side as part of a set. The closest I've come is my 7070, which has a wide range of grades and my goal was always just "nice," whether the coin is a good or uncirculated.
I'm sure many folks here have run into the same issue. I'm curious how you thought through it.