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I Think I Figured Out How I Want To Collect.

Shane6596Shane6596 Posts: 759 ✭✭✭✭✭

I have a small amount of coins sourced now. Most are not great condition. Ive been reading all your posts and see some collect series, dates, types etc and try to fill with the best coins you can. I thought about doing that with large cents or morgans, but it didnt seem my thing.

I seem to like so many different types, i cant settle on any one. I love looking at all the different ones i have. Large Cents, 2 cent, 3 cent, half dime, IHC, seated liberty, flying eagle, Morgans...etc.

So, i think im going to collect just one from each in the best condition.

Starting at 1800 going to 1900. That seems to be the range i like most.

It will take time, ill budget up to around $3000 max for each one, should be able to get very good ones i like for way less. Ill avoid key dates, unless its in budget.

It will be like someone here doing the box of 20 thing. Ill do multiple boxes over time.
All will be in pcgs holders.

For example, ill track down an IHC i really like that speaks to me, (doesnt matter the year) buy it within my budget, then im done with IHC. Then ill move onto a large cent, capped bust half, trime...whatever and keep going.

It just seems this would satisfy my collecting so i can look at a very nice example of each one anytime i wanted.

Should keep me busy for awhile.

Thanks for reading.

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    JeffnluJeffnlu Posts: 283 ✭✭✭✭

    You must have very deep pockets. Good luck.

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    DNADaveDNADave Posts: 7,239 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You’ll be able to do most a complete US type set with that budget. Including some nice gold. That’s about my range for a coin also but I’m going to stretch to about 5k for a small eagle early dollar.

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    Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,436 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You’re pretty much describing my main type set, only I had to stretch more for a few of them.


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    TomBTomB Posts: 20,727 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You will have a deep pool to choose from for quite a while. However, I'd imagine that at some point you will start to buy multiples of certain types because the coins are just too nice to walk away from, and I think it's a great thing to own multiples even if you just want to do a type set.

    Good luck!

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    JWPJWP Posts: 17,596 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Go get a 19th and or a 20th century type coin album. This way you can try to collect 1 of each and still not completely break the bank. I have these albums and it is fun to collect them. Buy a nice album and enjoy your hunt. B):)

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,873 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That's a great way to collect.

    Soon, however, you are going to find out that it is not 100% clear what "types" belong or don't belong. Then there's proof or just circulation strikes.

    But it is a fairly liberating way to collect. You don't end up sinking a lot of money into a few keys like in series collecting. You can add varieties or not as you see fit. You get to make your own rules on what belongs or doesn't.

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    skier07skier07 Posts: 3,687 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ll add perhaps my unpopular two cents but based on your budget per coin I would only focus on coins with green stickers on the slab.

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    jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,873 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @skier07 said:
    I’ll add perhaps my unpopular two cents but based on your budget per coin I would only focus on coins with green stickers on the slab.


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    calgolddivercalgolddiver Posts: 1,402 ✭✭✭✭✭

    great advice from @winesteven and an excellent approach to your type set(s)
    good luck with the quest !!

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Shane6596... That sounds like fun... Close to my collecting philosophy. My plan is to have no plan... Has worked well for me for many years now. I look at lots of coins, buy what I like and can afford - even stretch a bit from time to time. Not tied down to any format or requirements. It is a hobby, have fun. Cheers, RickO

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    CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,602 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I sense your biggest challenge will be to not rush into buying decisions at this stage of your collecting journey. Money burns pockets…… :)

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    Shane6596Shane6596 Posts: 759 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Tons of great info, thanks.

    My $3000 was a cap at this point. Ive seen some i already like for $500 in MS grades. Ive also seen 1 or 2 i REALLY like for over 3k. Ill start slow and be picky. I seem pacified by having a bunch of raw coins now to look at. Now i can go real slow and wait for that special one to come along.

    I spent a couple hours looking last night and didnt find anything that i had to have. Im just looking at first quick impression, then i look deeper at scratches and dark spots and see if they are distracting to me. Its fun.

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    HillbillyCollectorHillbillyCollector Posts: 515 ✭✭✭✭✭

    $3000 cap really opens the door as to what’s available.
    If interested, you can find nice Type One $20s around AU-53-55 w/CAC approval, if you could stretch just a little more.
    Of course, it certainly would open up smaller denominations of all types of nice gold.
    You might not be interested in gold, but if you are, you’ve set a budget to accumulate some!
    Good luck in your collecting!

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,480 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You sound like a type collector. I’ve done that for many years.

    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 ... ?

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