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A Rare Accomplishment....(For me).

TommyTypeTommyType Posts: 4,586 ✭✭✭✭✭

Long time member here, who has been inactive for awhile. Forgive me for stepping back in just to toot a horn. But....

I actually finished a set!

I start many sets, even knowing I probably won't finish them. I have an issue spending the required funds for those damn key dates. ;) I started the Walking Liberties in March 2000, with a Teletrade(!) purchase of a 1944 in MS-64. My intent at the time was just having a nice type set example....in my limited budget. While it would have been easy and cheap to upgrade, I still have it for sentimental reasons. (And, it does actually look pretty nice for a 64).

That coin led me to start a "short set" of late date Walkers, mostly in 64 as well. Not sure I ever finished that by the time I decided to complete the WHOLE set. It was a long slog through the 65 coin set, as well as upgrading a fair number of those MS-64 coins along the way. At one point, i did have a 1938-D in XF-45, but I didn't like it. To my eye, that 45 grade was a gift given to a barely XF-40 coin. So I sold it, just SURE it would be easy to replace.

It took me forever to find a 38-D I actually liked. Anyone working a Walker set knows that you can find an MS-65 (expensive!) easier that you can find a nice AU! Time went by, and I finished every single other coin in the set, with an acceptable coin to my eye....except for the 1938-D. But a week ago, I finally found this on Great Collections:

So, I'm now the proud owner of the #38 ranked set of walkers. Okay...that's not all that impressive given that there is a 60% complete set that far outranks me.... ;) But for my budget and goals, I'm going to be proud anyway.

I actually completed it!

Easily distracted Type Collector


  • braddickbraddick Posts: 22,502 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Quite the accomplishment.


  • NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 730 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 13, 2022 5:55PM

    Toot away, @TommyType! Completion of a set is reason to celebrate. I was thrilled when I completed by State Quarters from circulation - thats' nothing compared to what you've accomplished. Every set takes work and effort. Enjoy it, and be proud - you deserve it! :)

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

  • robecrobec Posts: 6,378 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s a tough set to complete. Big congrats!!

  • U1chicagoU1chicago Posts: 5,329 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice work and congrats on completing the set!

  • OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's gotta be a great feeling. Congrats!! 👍🏻

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,964 ✭✭✭✭✭



  • JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Posts: 1,618 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Your coin has a great look to it.
    Very happy for you, great job!

  • WilliamFWilliamF Posts: 832 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What a way to finish it out!! That 1938-D is superb! :tongue:

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  • SurfinxHISurfinxHI Posts: 2,249 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Strong work!

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  • 2windy2fish2windy2fish Posts: 676 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice, Congrats!

  • DDRDDR Posts: 1,542 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations, what a nice set. You should be proud.

  • TommyTypeTommyType Posts: 4,586 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the kind words.

    And I wanted to follow up on my claim that it's easier to find an MS-65 than a good looking AU. (I shouldn't assume MY experience is reality).

    Turns out....I'm probably right!

    Using the PCGS pop report, I see that there are 974 1938-D certified MS-65. Call it somewhat less, considering re-submissions, and assume 850-900??

    In the grades AU-50 to AU-58, in total there are 478 certified coins....not taking into account which are actually "good looking". ;)

    Tough little coin, I would say....

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  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 10,859 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations on your accomplishment, well done!
    Ironically, the ‘38D is one of two coins that I need to finish my set.
    For many years, I considered that date over rated and over priced in mint state, and I still do. I was more than happy to occupy the spot with my AU53.
    But a few years ago I decided that I should upgrade it to get it more in line with the rest of the middle and late dates in my set, plus it is easy registry points.
    So when a forum member friend contacted me looking for one in AU this past year, it was an easy decision to sell him mine.

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  • calgolddivercalgolddiver Posts: 1,305 ✭✭✭✭✭

    congratulations on your accomplishment and the 38D is very attractive !!

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  • TPRCTPRC Posts: 3,734 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well, I’m impressed! Congratulations!


  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,652 ✭✭✭✭✭

    More than a feeling...on to the next challenge! Congrats!

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TommyType.... Congratulations on a significant achievement. Cheers, RickO

  • LukeMarshallLukeMarshall Posts: 1,836 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations @TommyType , and that 1938-D walker looks original and beautiful.

    It's all about what the people want...

  • d9lowed9lowe Posts: 297 ✭✭✭✭

    Congrats. Working on a Walker short set myself. 1 coin left. 43D. Just haven't found the right one yet!!


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  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,341 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Toot toot away, you deserve it!

    bob :)

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  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 8,662 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 14, 2022 8:46AM

    Wow-completing a Walker set, in almost any grade, is a major accomplishment. Congratulations!!

    I love the look of that 1938-D!!

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  • leothelyonleothelyon Posts: 8,299 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Waiting out for the right coin may seem like forever but it's always worth it. Congrats to you!


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  • divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,459 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great job on finishing your Walker set. I myself have not completed a set that has more than 6 or 7 coins in it. One day I hope to finish my Basic U.S. Type set (54 coins) and I'm sure I will be just as proud as you are today.

    Congratulations, and be proud of your accomplishment!!!


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  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,002 ✭✭✭✭✭

    congrats and a job well done

  • Batman23Batman23 Posts: 4,991 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats on completing a set. The walking liberty half is one of my favorite designs. If you open the set up under the everyman title it looks like your set would take the #4 seat.

  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,257 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bet that feels good to complete. As far as your ranking, who cares right? I've never seen having a registry set being a competition with fellow collectors who often seek points over condition/eye appeal. Besides, who needs the associated stress in a relaxing hobby? Maybe if I had the big bucks I'd see it differently. Well done!

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  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,393 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congrats on a great set and accomplishment!! You get enjoy that feeling of satisfaction upon completing a full date/mm set that many collectors will never know.

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  • JWPJWP Posts: 14,552 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 14, 2022 1:36PM

    Bingo, I think we have a winner. Congratulations B)

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