My First Box of 20 Coins--5th Coin Acquired
7/6/2023 Edit: Four coins now bought! See below.
I'm getting close to having taken my various series collections as far as I care to take them. So I'm pondering where I want to go next with my collecting.
I'm charmed by a type set. But I'm too old to take many years doing it, and not rich enough to do it quickly.
So I've decided to do kind of a mini-type-set, using the "box of 20" idea. That way, I can have a little collection with some very old, and some very arcane coins (e.g., a twenty-cent coin), but it's nicely bounded and achievable in a reasonable amount of time.
I've done a preliminary look through US coins that I haven't previously collected (I pretty much wiped out the 20th century with my present collections, plus Morgan dollars). My criteria were simple: (i) I must be able to get a decently attractive sample of the type without spending a fortune ( under--preferably well under--$1000 per coin; all will be certified); (ii) no gold; (iii) I'd like to cover as many of the types of coins in US history as I can, given the first two criteria (and the fact that there will be only 20 coins in the "set").
Preliminarily, this is my list:
Liberty cap half cent
Classic head half cent
Draped bust large cent
Matron head large cent
Flying eagle cent
Indian head cent
Silver three cent
Nickel three cent
Liberty head nickel
Capped bust half dime
Capped bust dime
Liberty seated dime
Liberty seated twenty cent
Capped bust quarter
Liberty seated quarter
Capped bust half dollar
Liberty seated dollar
I think that this is a decent variety (both in type and in time), and I believe that all include some affordable samples.
But I'm interested in suggestions that could make the set better (while staying within my criteria).