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DMWJRDMWJR Posts: 5,975 ✭✭✭✭✭

a single coin of equal value, what would it be?

Doug
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  • PillarDollarCollectorPillarDollarCollector Posts: 4,716 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Mexico 1732 milled 8 reales but I will not do that I prefer my growing collection.

  • Manifest_DestinyManifest_Destiny Posts: 3,579 ✭✭✭✭✭

    VF 1794 dollar

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 9,240 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would not. I like some variety.

  • DMWJRDMWJR Posts: 5,975 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have few different sets. One set would require that I sell a complete set for a single coin in another set. It’s a hard question!

    Doug
  • GoldFinger1969GoldFinger1969 Posts: 1,284 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 23, 2024 8:46AM

    @Downtown1974 said:
    The highest grade HR Saint I could get.

    Bingo.....in my case it would probably be an MS-66 CAC MCMVII HR. I don't think liquidating everything would let me grab an MS-67. :/

  • humanssuckhumanssuck Posts: 316 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DMWJR said:
    I have few different sets. One set would require that I sell a complete set for a single coin in another set. It’s a hard question!

    What if your current collection in total is worth significantly more than the value of any coin you would care to get? Its not a hard question at all, I wouldn't do it, because I have no interest in any of the coins that would qualify value wise.

  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,644 ✭✭✭✭✭

    For 1 coin???
    Not a chance............. :)

  • jughead1893jughead1893 Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    proof saint

  • Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,426 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It would be fun if it was possible to constantly expand my Type Sets to own one of each common date coin ever minted in USA and then contract my collection down to one ultra rare mega key date pop top and then do it repeatedly again and again going after the different ultra rare coins one at a time without losing money. Constant thrill of the chase.

    Mr_Spud

  • originalisbestoriginalisbest Posts: 5,912 ✭✭✭✭

    A fun theoretical -- not sure my overall collection is worth enough to get one trophy coin. But lots of interesting possibilities. Maybe a 1795 small eagle $5 in some kind of choice condition. At least the collection would be easy to store!

  • SapyxSapyx Posts: 1,997 ✭✭✭✭✭

    From the point of view of a collector, doing this is a bad idea because... boring. And many of us have absolutely no idea what the value of our "whole collection" is, anyway.

    From the point of view of an investor, doing this is a bad idea because it's putting all your eggs in one basket. Diversity is safer than monoculture, and for investment coins, "diversity" means lots of high quality but cheaper coins, of all different kinds to minimize the risk of collapse in value of one specific rarity or series.

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,369 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Smudge said:
    I would not. I like some variety.

    Agree. What's that old saying about putting all your eggs in one basket? :o

    Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.

  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 867 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If it boiled down to one coin it wouldn't be much of a hobby as far as I am concerned.
    With that said I feel as though my collection expands far and wide because of this forum.
    Not only do I enjoy my coins but I enjoy others coins as well.

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars
    Successful BST transactions with: Namvet Justindan Mattniss RWW olah_in_MA

  • oldabeintxoldabeintx Posts: 1,618 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Were I to do it, a very nice half disme. Would certainly free up some space.

  • GoldFinger1969GoldFinger1969 Posts: 1,284 ✭✭✭✭

    @jughead1893 said:
    proof saint

    Any particular year ?

    Do you like Proof Saints in particular or would a high-grade Saint and/or High Relief also fill the bill ?

  • jdimmickjdimmick Posts: 9,588 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Several years ago, I was looking at Chuck Links 1823/2 quarter in pcgs 58gold cac, I was thinking, I would sell everything I own to have that coin. Also , last year, northern nevada had a super nice 58+ 93-s $ in case, I seriously considered liquidating a bunch of stuff to cover buy that, but decided not too

  • jayPemjayPem Posts: 4,039 ✭✭✭✭✭

    IF... I could get a very good price for my collection, and IF I could likewise find a spectacular piece at a great price, I'd get a mid-grade small eagle half and build an early half dollar box of twenty around it.
    🤗

  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,809 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd likely never sell everything to buy just one coin. I feel like quantity has a quality of it's own. That said and to play along with the OP... probably a nice 1793 Chain Cent in F12 or better.

    Oh... was this how much money I have into my sets or how much a dealer would pay me? I might have to lower my expectations... ;)

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  • Joe_360Joe_360 Posts: 1,603 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A uncirculated 1922 High Relief Peace Silver Dollar

  • DMWJRDMWJR Posts: 5,975 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes I agree that I wouldn’t do this either, but I’ve started a set where a couple of the key coins cost as much as one of my sets (not all). It gives me pause for thought. I’ve refocused my collection a few times, selling of a set to fund a new set, but never for a single coin.

    Doug
  • SmEagle1795SmEagle1795 Posts: 2,135 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I've nearly done this, selling my first collection of "stuff" for one "big" coin around which I've spent the last 10+ years building up to my current collection.

    I'd struggle to call myself a true collector if I only owned one coin. The minimum number in my eyes is probably at least five but it certainly doesn't need to be dozens.

    I often think: if I were to find $10 billion lying on the ground tomorrow, would I end up with more coins or fewer, better coins?

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  • Farmer1961Farmer1961 Posts: 167 ✭✭✭

    I could get a very nice 1861-D gold dollar in a pcgs slab.

  • rte592rte592 Posts: 1,444 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Speaking numismatically :D
    6 numbers on the next megga lottery would clean up my collection.

  • divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,527 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would not do it right now while I am still trying to complete the Basic U.S. Type set and 7070 Dansco U.S. Type set, but when I complete those and get as far as I can on the complete U.S. Type set, then I may sell everything for an AU 1793 Chain Cent.

    Donato

    Hobbyist & Collector (not an investor).
    Donato's Complete US Type Set ---- Donato's Dansco 7070 Modified Type Set ---- Donato's Basic U.S. Coin Design Set

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  • DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,646 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Anybody for a gold $50 Panama-Pacific?

  • jkrkjkrk Posts: 966 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 24, 2024 11:38AM

    1933 Saint.

  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,644 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DisneyFan said:

    Anybody for a gold $50 Panama-Pacific?

    Where is the guy (forgot his name) that did just that I believe last year

  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,587 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @alaura22 said:

    @DisneyFan said:

    Anybody for a gold $50 Panama-Pacific?

    Where is the guy (forgot his name) that did just that I believe last year

    He’s bored silly and doesn’t post here anymore 😉

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  • MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,005 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jkrk said:
    1933 Saint.

    Just a reminder that the question was:
    If you could trade your whole collection for ...
    a single coin of equal value, what would it be?

    You’ve never given any indication that your collection was that valuable.😉

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

  • marmacmarmac Posts: 1,426 ✭✭✭

    I don’t think there is a single coin out there that would work for me under this premise. Whittled down to a few, half dozen,…perhaps. A single coin? It would be more gratifying to me to simply cash out everything.

  • seatedlib3991seatedlib3991 Posts: 493 ✭✭✭✭

    It would have to be near the absolute end of me sucking air, but it would really be something to own a Gobrecht dollar. I think I could just swing a lower grade dinged up one if I went ALL in. James

  • jughead1893jughead1893 Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @GoldFinger1969 said:

    @jughead1893 said:
    proof saint

    Any particular year ?

    Do you like Proof Saints in particular or would a high-grade Saint and/or High Relief also fill the bill ?

    I'm not picky on the date but it has to be a proof.

  • DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,646 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @marmac said:
    I don’t think there is a single coin out there that would work for me under this premise. Whittled down to a few, half dozen,…perhaps. A single coin? It would be more gratifying to me to simply cash out everything.

    If I cashed out everything - I could see having just one special high value coin.

  • jkrkjkrk Posts: 966 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 24, 2024 11:38AM

    1933 Saint.> @MFeld said:

    @jkrk said:
    1933 Saint.

    Just a reminder that the question was:
    If you could trade your whole collection for ...
    a single coin of equal value, what would it be?

    You’ve never given any indication that your collection was that valuable.😉

    Reading isn't my strength. I truly have to spend more time reading a post before i answer.

    WTS, technically, I don't have a "collection. Just a mishmash of coins coupled with eyes wider than my cash available.

  • ms70ms70 Posts: 13,946 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1792 half disme.

    Great transactions with oih82w8, JasonGaming, Moose1913.

  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,794 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have way too much time and energy putting my collection my together to put entire collection up for sale or trade for a single coin.

    The bitterness of "Poor Quality" is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
  • savitalesavitale Posts: 1,406 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Since I am in the middle of building a set I would not actually do it. But, since I have moved into ancient coins it would be this Romulus Augustus solidus.

  • semikeycollectorsemikeycollector Posts: 929 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @renomedphys said:
    It would have to be for a stupid obviously more valuable coin than all of my collection has to make up for the difficulty in obtaining them in the first place. Think Mint State Silver Center Cent, maybe a special Fat Head $5. IDK

    @divecchia said:
    I may sell everything for an AU 1793 Chain Cent.

    That said, I have this already, which if I had to chose one to keep it would be:

    A Fat Head $5 crossed my mind as well.

  • DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,521 ✭✭✭✭✭

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