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Best dates for a slabbed type set?

Russell12Russell12 Posts: 171 ✭✭✭✭

Tying to decide what dates to add to my slabbed PCGS Type Set, thoughts?

Lincoln Wheat Cent-got 1909 VDB
Lincoln Memorial
Jefferson Nickel
Mercury Dime-maybe 1945 micro S?
Roosevelt Dime silver
Roosevelt Dime Clad-got 1996-W
Washington Quarter silver
Washington Quarter clad
Kennedy Half 40%
Kennedy Half clad


  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,046 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 20, 2023 12:58PM

    There are a couple ways to look at this.

    First are you buying Proofs or Mint State pieces?

    Second are you looking for the cheapest pieces in high grade, or does the quality of the strike come into the mix. If you are collecting Proofs, which what I have done, strike is less of an issue. If you are collecting Mint State coins, it does make a difference and requires more study.

    For example, most any 1968 cent is going to look like the devil because the hubs that were used to make the dies were worn out. The coin was redone in 1969 and looks better. That is a trivial example, but I'm trying to give you an example.

    Here's my type coin.

    I have bought Proof coins for every one of those types. They used to be cheap when you purchased them in PR-69. Now it seems the grading services have upped their prices and such coins are harder to find.

    As a type collector, I paid serious money for the "old stuff." I kept the prices down for the modern pieces.

    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 ... ?
  • Russell12Russell12 Posts: 171 ✭✭✭✭

    Not looking for proof and trying to get the highest grade at a reasonable price.

  • coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,411 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My 2 cents, get a 1995 DDO memorial cent. Better bang for the buck and easily available in high grade.

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    My Collection of Old Holders

    Never a slave to one plastic brand will I ever be.
  • CladiatorCladiator Posts: 17,913 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Birth year when possible?

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Go to a coin show and shop around.... You have a list of 'potentials'.... See what is available and if any attract you. Your set, YOU build it... Cheers, RickO

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