Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Daniel Jones, Oct 23, 2020.
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to collect coppers from the German States, 1600s to 1800s. Perhaps one could
pick a date and collect coins from nations which existed at that date, or even in
that century. I decided to focus on large copper coins from every country I could
find from the 1800s.
My take on this, as someone who focuses on circulating coins, is that if an entity (plausibly) had coins issued for circulation, then that entity is a 'country' for collecting purposes regardless of its actual geopolitical standing.
What you're talking about is commonly referred to as an OFEC (One From Every Country) collection.
The variations and permutations for such a collection are nearly endless, so ultimately it's up to you to define what's in and what's out.
Good luck. These can really be fun. I started one with my son when he was about 8 (25 now). We never finished but enjoyed working on it. I still have the unfinished collection and may return to it some day.
Thank you for your information. Yes, putting this set together has been fun, but also more difficult than I thought going into it. I bought a 200 coin per nation starter set for $86 at eBay in July thinking it would be fairly comprehensive, but I was wrong. Many of the coins were tiny, and many of them were not exactly what I consider distinct nations/countries. Since July, I already spent more than $1,000 upgrading and adding to this set. I still have a little way to go.
working on these. A lot tougher than you might expect, lots of fun.
You got a South Korea yet?
Pre 1501 A.D. is challenging. Pre 1464 A.D. will take some time and
many of the coins will come from Islamic nations. A very hard language
to read, at least for me.
Also, it turns out, it was hard to pick just one coin from a given country. Which explains why I have such an extensive Zog/Albania collection (and yes, an Illyrian coin or two, some from the Italian Occupation, the Socialist era...).
That said, starting in on OFEC is a great way to find something that tickles your fancy and go more in depth with. I still have a binder I plan to keep.
Yes, currently, I have coins representing 225 nations, territories, and provinces combined. My South Korea coin is a 10 WON 2001, a really pretty, shiny coin.
That looks really interesting! I don't know if I will pursue that route, but I did complete a coin per century set recently, 27 centuries in all, and the most difficult century to find a decent looking coin from (at least for me) was the 10th century, but I finally found a really nice looking AU solidus of Constantine VII along side Romanos I circa 935 A.D.
Yes, some of those places are difficult for me, but what I did is describe my coins from nations like Serbia, Macedon, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina etc. as coins of former Yugoslavia so as to avoid including obsolete nations in my set, but I decided to include the 4 provinces of Canada that had coins made for them, because they look interesting.
@Daniel Jones How about showing us your 27 century coin set. I'm ready for
some eye candy!!
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