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MWallaceMWallace Posts: 3,696 ✭✭✭✭✭

Probably a stupid question but......... I've noticed that in books, websites, dealer's price lists, etc., that some list them by date and some list them alphabetically. How do you order them in your collection? I do mine by date.

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  • Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 4, 2022 3:25AM

    Oh my. A blessed mess. A jumbled collection of this and that. I am trying to do inventory 😉🙀🦫
    Haven’t crossed that bridge yet.

    🎶 shout shout, let it all out 🎶

  • CommemDudeCommemDude Posts: 2,173 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Alphabetically...after awhile you will be amazed that you can run through the alphabet and tick off all 50 commem types from memory.

    Dr Mikey
    Commems and Early Type
  • MFeldMFeld Posts: 11,081 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 4, 2022 3:35AM

    It's obviously your choice, but I've always preferred alphabetically.

    Mark Feld* of Heritage Auctions*Unless otherwise noted, my posts here represent my personal opinions.

  • JW77JW77 Posts: 386 ✭✭✭✭

    The PCGS default sort which is first by denomination and then alphabetically. That puts Isabella 25c first, Lafayette $1 last, and all the 50c commemoratives alphabetically in the middle.

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,735 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 4, 2022 7:01AM

    I use alphabetical.

    Going by date can be confusing because multiple issues are struck for multiple, overlapping dates.

    To me, each issue is a "sub-type" so it's easy to think of sorting them by sub-type before date.

  • MWallaceMWallace Posts: 3,696 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Zoins said:
    I use alphabetical.

    Going by date is can be confusing because multiple issues are struck for multiple, overlapping dates.

    To me, each issue is a "sub-type" so it's easy to think of sorting them by sub-type before date.

    That makes a lot of sense. I think I'll switch mine to alphabetical.

  • Russell12Russell12 Posts: 168 ✭✭✭✭

    I have mine in a Dansco Type album, so they are by date

  • ConnecticoinConnecticoin Posts: 12,418 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Alphabetically is the accepted standard and ultimately makes the most sense. Otherwise, you would go nuts with all the coins dated 1936.

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,037 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I always think of the alphabet. Remembering all the dates is really hard, especially when the same design was issued for many years, like the Oregon Trail half dollar.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I do not list mine... I collected commemoratives from all the states I lived/worked in. Nine of them.... So I just keep them in a separate drawer in one of my coin cabinets. Cheers, RickO

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