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Anybody working on an "uncompletable" set?

brianc1959brianc1959 Posts: 341 ✭✭✭✭✭

In my case, its an 1839 mint set with major varieties: https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/u-s-coins/mint-sets/1839-mint-set-gold-major-varieties/album/171030 , which I'll likely never finish due to the small letters bust half. I'm not too bothered by the likelihood that I'll never finish. And who knows, maybe a little hoard of this ultra-rarity will turn up someday.

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    HoledandCreativeHoledandCreative Posts: 2,766 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice.

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    Pnies20Pnies20 Posts: 2,065 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome!

    BHNC #248 … 108 and counting.

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    ReadyFireAimReadyFireAim Posts: 1,800 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 3, 2021 6:13AM

    Yep Saints... 18 out of 23 & stuck

    Need 1921, 1929, 1930-S, 1931-D or S & 1932

    And this is the much easier one/date set. :#

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No... I do not choose projects like that... Too frustrating :s Cheers, RickO

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    coinnutcoinnut Posts: 1,432 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice Brian. I attempted to do the same thing about 10 years ago but soon realized I would probably never complete it. Glad I am able to help you with Head of '38!

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    seanqseanq Posts: 8,575 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've stopped and started a few times on Barber Dimes and Quarters, but the costs of the key dates in both series kept me from getting serious about either.

    Sean Reynolds

    Incomplete planchets wanted, especially Lincoln Cents & type coins.

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    ernie11ernie11 Posts: 1,908 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 3, 2021 6:55AM

    I used to. I have a complete set of Barber Dimes, minus you-know-what. :)

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    TurtleCatTurtleCat Posts: 4,592 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My gold dollar set will never be completed. I don’t have sufficient funds (barring lottery winnings or rich distant relatives deciding they heard of me) for several of the coins. But I’ll be happy getting to about 75% over the next decade or so.

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    The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 837 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Half Dimes, though I don't think the known 1870-S is truly unique.

    I like the OP's aim of building a year-specific mint set. Reminds me of an active project I have, which might also be impossible, of photographing each denomination/date/mintmark combo that the mint created.

    Custom album maker and numismatic photographer, see my portfolio here: (http://www.donahuenumismatics.com/).

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    brianc1959brianc1959 Posts: 341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    No... I do not choose projects like that... Too frustrating :s Cheers, RickO

    I'm thinking a more romantic view might be helpful to counteract the frustration, and call them "Don Quixote" sets.

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    brianc1959brianc1959 Posts: 341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinnut said:
    Very nice Brian. I attempted to do the same thing about 10 years ago but soon realized I would probably never complete it. Glad I am able to help you with Head of '38!

    Check is in the mail! Thanks to you I'll at least be able to complete the first page of my set. I assume your attempt was for the 1839 mint set? I got sucked in because of the cents - with five major varieties, among them the incredibly named Silly Head and Booby Head, who can resist?

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    brianc1959brianc1959 Posts: 341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @The_Dinosaur_Man said:
    Half Dimes, though I don't think the known 1870-S is truly unique.

    I like the OP's aim of building a year-specific mint set. Reminds me of an active project I have, which might also be impossible, of photographing each denomination/date/mintmark combo that the mint created.

    You would certainly be famous if you can uncover any additional 1870-s for your set. For your photography project - how do you gain access to the coins? Do you live next door to Hansen?

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    brianc1959brianc1959 Posts: 341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ReadyFireAim said:
    Yep Saints... 18 out of 23 & stuck

    Need 1921, 1929, 1930-S, 1931-D or S & 1932

    And this is the much easier one/date set. :#

    You've got a really nice set! Perhaps simply re-name it "18 Out of 23 & Stuck" ?

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    Eldorado9Eldorado9 Posts: 2,111 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, it's the set : Barber half dollars circulation strikes and proofs-97 coins total. I'll never complete it, but it's fun to try, and provides a focus.

    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/half-dollars/barber-half-dollars-major-sets/barber-half-dollars-basic-set-circulation-strikes-proof-1892-1915/imagegallery/220105

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    brianc1959brianc1959 Posts: 341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Clackamas1 said:
    yes - 1868 with gold. It's a hard set with some billionaire mucking it up.

    The non-gold portion of your set is pretty amazing! At least it appears that said billionaire has completed his set, thus leaving things more quiet for you.

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    olympicsosolympicsos Posts: 697 ✭✭✭✭

    @ReadyFireAim said:
    Yep Saints... 18 out of 23 & stuck

    Need 1921, 1929, 1930-S, 1931-D or S & 1932

    And this is the much easier one/date set. :#

    That's why I like Saints actually. You know you aren't going to complete the set but you can get a nice short set of the amazing coins that you want. Can't really do that with the non gold series, there's something about them that begs completion.

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    BustDMsBustDMs Posts: 1,570 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ReadyFireAim said:
    Yep Saints... 18 out of 23 & stuck

    Need 1921, 1929, 1930-S, 1931-D or S & 1932

    And this is the much easier one/date set. :#

    So,, you have the 1933? 😜

    Personally working on die marriage sets of all the capped bust silver coins. Likely never to complete ANY of the series much less them all.......

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    A: The year they spend more on their library than their coin collection.



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    divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,527 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 3, 2021 11:51AM

    I've started three PCGS type sets. Two of them I have a chance of completing. The third one (see link below) I will likely never complete.

    Edited to add: Very nice set by the way. I did not realize how many varieties existed for 1839.

    Donato

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    gschwernkgschwernk Posts: 338 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Working at 100 Greatest coins. I have 21. Ultimate goal 33-34. I am often underbidder when they do come available. I have been outbid about 10 times the last year.

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    SmEagle1795SmEagle1795 Posts: 2,135 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, no museum in the world has every ancient coin, ultimately meaning you can choose to buy whatever floats your boat and make what you want of a set.

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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,693 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Clackamas1 said:
    yes - 1868 with gold. It's a hard set with some billionaire mucking it up.

    My $3 is 1868 >:)

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    tommy44tommy44 Posts: 2,193 ✭✭✭✭✭

    $5 Liberty half eagles unless I find a 1854-S and 1875 on Alibaba. o:)

    it's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide

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    WCCWCC Posts: 2,373 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't buy any US but I have never completed even one set for a coin design I collec(ed). I have never attempted to complete a set of only one date. A few sets of the types described here (such as by date) I could have completed but not a date run, unless it was complete "dreck".

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    spacehaydukespacehayduke Posts: 5,471 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bust quarters, there are 2 or so that I will never have.........


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    breakdownbreakdown Posts: 1,953 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes, unfortunately. I will let you know what it is when I complete it....

    "Look up, old boy, and see what you get." -William Bonney.

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    The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 837 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @brianc1959 said:

    @The_Dinosaur_Man said:
    Half Dimes, though I don't think the known 1870-S is truly unique.

    I like the OP's aim of building a year-specific mint set. Reminds me of an active project I have, which might also be impossible, of photographing each denomination/date/mintmark combo that the mint created.

    You would certainly be famous if you can uncover any additional 1870-s for your set. For your photography project - how do you gain access to the coins? Do you live next door to Hansen?

    @yosclimber said:

    @The_Dinosaur_Man said:
    Half Dimes, though I don't think the known 1870-S is truly unique.

    Supposedly there may be one in the cornerstone of the old SF Mint. Accessing that may be difficult! :smile:

    A friend of mine at one time had what he thought was an 1870-s below bow half dime.
    He lent it out to a friend for research, but never got it back. (I never got to see it).

    Another friend of mine had a complete set of Seated Half dimes including the known 1870-s for a few minutes in 2019.
    The owner lent it to him to complete his set!
    "Rent-A-Key"

    I'll post a link to my photography project to my signature line in a week or so, I've just photographed an 1815 Half that completed the short goal of imaging at least one coin from each year.

    Per the 1870-S Half Dime, I did some research into the 1870-S coinage upon seeing the curiosities regarding the half dime, the silver dollar, and the three dollar piece. Not one half dime was known aside from the cornerstone piece until 1978, and six dies were present at the Mint. Mintage records indicate one three dollar piece struck, but at least two are known including the cornerstone piece. And for the silver dollar, there are no mint records for that yet at least a dozen pieces exist.

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    KindaNewishKindaNewish Posts: 827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Trying to complete the 20c set by die variety as defined in the doubledimes.com book.

    Some of these issues are quite scarce. The 1876-CC has a population of about 20.
    The 1875-CC BF-1 has a known population of 17.
    The 1875-S Proof has a population of 7-9.
    The 1875-CC BF-5 has a known population of 2.
    The 1875 BF-3 has a known population of 1.

    The average cost of a 1876-CC is a tad north of $500k
    The 1875-S proof (or SP) goes for over $100k
    Since no issues of the last two have ever been offered for sale, I have no idea what they would cost. It would likely be beyond this electricians budget.

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    brianc1959brianc1959 Posts: 341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @yosclimber said:

    @The_Dinosaur_Man said:
    Half Dimes, though I don't think the known 1870-S is truly unique.

    Supposedly there may be one in the cornerstone of the old SF Mint. Accessing that may be difficult! :smile:

    A friend of mine at one time had what he thought was an 1870-s below bow half dime.
    He lent it out to a friend for research, but never got it back. (I never got to see it).

    Another friend of mine had a complete set of Seated Half dimes including the known 1870-s for a few minutes in 2019.
    The owner lent it to him to complete his set!
    "Rent-A-Key"

    That "Rent-A-Key" concept is genius - it certainly never occurred to me before.

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    edwardjulioedwardjulio Posts: 1,031 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 28, 2021 2:17PM

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    QE GuyQE Guy Posts: 306 ✭✭✭✭✭

    As my handle implies, working on a business strike set of Liberty Quarter Eagles 1840 - 1907 in AU - MS (except a few tough ones).

    Not uncompletable, but durn tough.

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    GoBustGoBust Posts: 586 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 4, 2021 7:42AM

    I would like to complete redbook sets of early silver from 1792 to 1839. That's a really, really tall order considering i only own a single bust dollar at the moment. But I think so much of the joy is the chase. And off we go again.

    I'm also chasing (slowly) Fugio Cents by die marriage, I think only 8 or so R8, many unique. So not going to go happen in my lifetime. But they really are very cool.

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    amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 11,269 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Is the reason it's not completable because you have set the grade and eye appeal so high?

    @Eldorado9 said:
    Yes, it's the set : Barber half dollars circulation strikes and proofs-97 coins total. I'll never complete it, but it's fun to try, and provides a focus.

    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/half-dollars/barber-half-dollars-major-sets/barber-half-dollars-basic-set-circulation-strikes-proof-1892-1915/imagegallery/220105

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    lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,828 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I just started Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents in a Whitman Album again for the 4th time... I doubt I'll ever have an 1856 Flyer... cool to dream about though...

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    Eldorado9Eldorado9 Posts: 2,111 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @amwldcoin said:
    Is the reason it's not completable because you have set the grade and eye appeal so high?

    @Eldorado9 said:
    Yes, it's the set : Barber half dollars circulation strikes and proofs-97 coins total. I'll never complete it, but it's fun to try, and provides a focus.

    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/half-dollars/barber-half-dollars-major-sets/barber-half-dollars-basic-set-circulation-strikes-proof-1892-1915/imagegallery/220105

    Yes, @amwldcoin .....I decided early on, that I wanted very high standards for the set....along the lines of Shireman, Duckor, etc. That will ultimately doom me to never finish it.....Who knows though....In the meantime, its one coin at a time.

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