Birth Year Set

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by CamaroDMD, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD [Insert Clever Title]

    So, I have long thought trying to assemble a complete world coin set from my birth year would be an interesting challenge. Maybe impossible, I don't know as I have never researched it.

    I have decided I'd like to research it. I just don't know what the best reference would be. I figure compiling a list of all the coins from that year would be the place to start. Would simply opening a 20th century Krause and going country by country be the way to begin?

    I was born in 1985 which about as boring of a year for US coins as their is...but I know there are some challenging world coins. So, it might be a fun life long project.
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  3. mlov43

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    I know someone who is doing his birth-year set (1976), and his set is a "ONE from every country set"; meaning that he is attempting to get each "one" denomination (one-cent [penny], one-dollar, one-yen, one-peso, one-ruble, etc, etc) from every country that is dated "1976."
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  4. CamaroDMD

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    Ideally...the goal would be an example of every government issued coin from each country that year. Circulation business strikes, proofs, commemoratives (BU and proof) and bullion (BU and proof). How feasible that would be...I don't know.

    I may have to do a 1 coin from every country set. I don't know.

    My thought is to start big...compile a complete list and go from there.
  5. sonlarson

    sonlarson World Silver Collector Supporter

    That's a huge project. I would suggest some definition. Perhaps coins of similar size or denomination. Or perhaps same base material such as Copper-Nickel or Bronze. But then you would have problems with Countries that only used Aluminum or other alloys. To start I would suggest working on geographical areas. Such as North and Central America. Then move to Caribbean Islands. Then Western Europe Etc. That way you will be more organized and focused. Or you could just start collecting every 1985 world coin at random. Anything works as long as you are having fun. You might even do like I did and work backwards on you birth Year. 1985,1885,1785,1685, as far as you can go.
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  6. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    A have attempted this on and off over the years. I manage to find 137 coins so far from 41 countries (a few duplicates) from my birth year. I have not thought of adding to it now for about 3 years but will one day get back to it. I never did look to see how many there are in total, but I found there are about 50 silver coins and I have over half of them.
  7. jgenn

    jgenn World Crown Collector

    I took a different approach. Since I only collect silver world crowns I stuck to the year and allowed any century. It's not a big set but it features coins from five different centuries.
  8. Histman

    Histman Too Many Coins, Not Enough Time!

    I love this idea. Unfortunately, I am an "A" type, anal person who would never be satisfied that I had them all unless there was a compendium of ALL coins produced in 1966. I did find the following link that has a great list, but I'm not sure if it is complete. My thought would be to do only coins issued for circulation in that country. But then, what if there are multiple mint marks from that year? Do you get them all or just that year? Too many parameters for me to not stress out over. :) Great food for thought now, and I may have to do additional research. How would you store or display them?
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  9. Histman

    Histman Too Many Coins, Not Enough Time!

    What parameters did you set for yourself to get your coins?
  10. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    That it had my birth year on it. That is all. Started off with just the silver ones and then expanded to base metal ones. I think there may have been one or two gold ones but I don't remember and they can wait anyway.
  11. CamaroDMD

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    I kind of the same way...that's the issue. Storage and display will be a problem too. I think what I will do is sit down with my 20th century Krause and go through every country and make a list of all the coins it lists from 1985. Then, decide from there how to proceed.
  12. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    I like this idea a lot. I will do this when my other coin goals are completed.
  13. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Surely Pricey!
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  14. CamaroDMD

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    Yes. It certainly would be. A lot of gold bullion issues.
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  15. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    Don't sit down with Krause. Just go to Numismaster and type in your birth year. It will show you them all.

    For example, here is the link for 1966. It shows there are 613 of them.
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  17. Zed McJack

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  18. sakata

    sakata Devil's Advocate

    If you create a free account and log on it will tell you. Otherwise you have to just tab to the last one and count them.
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  19. Maxfli

    Maxfli Well-Known Member

    Purely in the "for what it's worth" category . . . whatever is fun for you is the right way to go.

    I started down this road when my son was 7 and we decided to pursue an OFEC set together (I thought it would be a good way to pique his interest in coins) for 1994, his birth year. He's now 23 and graduated from college last year. We were never able to finish. I still add a coin to it now and then, but it's no longer a focus of my efforts.

    Initially we were thinking one of every circulated denomination (no gold, no proofs, no uncirculated commems), but very quickly realized that was unrealistic. We were looking at a collection that would probably number over a thousand coins, and I wasn't willing to devote the money, time or space to that.

    So we opted for quality over quantity and decided to pursue only one very nice, uncirculated if at all possible, example from each country, either the basic monetary unit (1 peso, 1 franc, 1 pound, etc.) OR the largest coin (kids like big, blingy things).

    So before you set your sights on obtaining an example of every issued coin from every country, just be aware that you're talking about a huge collection that will take many years to complete.

    Oh, one more thing. Coins of the Americas and Europe are, comparatively speaking, interesting, nicely made and readily available. Where I started losing interest was when we turned our attention to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Many of the coins from the smaller, poorer countries in these regions are simply not inspired in their design (to put it politely) and in many cases crudely manufactured. One coin from some of these countries was quite enough. Obtaining a set of every issued coin, even for a single year, would have quickly turned into an exercise in boredom and drudgery.
  20. spirityoda

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  21. Histman

    Histman Too Many Coins, Not Enough Time!

    Okay, so I have gone back and thought about this idea over the weekend. Frankly, getting every coin, from every country, produced in my birth year (1966) is quite daunting. Not only are there over five hundred coins, several are gold and a bit pricey. In thinking my way around this, I decided if I was to do this, I would limit my collection to the lowest denomination produced in that year for each country (cent - US; 5 pesos - Argentina, etc.). These would only be coins produced for circulation. No proof coins or commemorative coins. Many of those produced in my birth year from some of the more obscure countries were commemorative coins. By narrowing my target in this way I have reduced the total of coins to 85. All of these 85 coins I found offered on Ebay for a couple of bucks each. So it is definitely doable. Next issue -- storage. The only thing I can think of would be to create my own album with coins in 2 x 2 flips, and then label them myself. I know you can create your own albums with some of the companies, but I don't think you can vary the size of the coins on each sheet. I am definitely open to other suggestions for storage and display, however.

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