Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by russell1256, Mar 23, 2023.
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You prompted me to look at how many pieces I have in my slabbed type set to date. I'm sitting at 42 currently.
I'm a not-quite-60-year old collector who had the same problem.
My Box of 20 of nine years ago is now in three categories, and each "box" has well over 20 pieces and the collection continues to grow. Now I've almost reached the space limit of my safe deposit box.
Box of 20 is good for discipline- it makes you constantly improve the quality of your holdings. But the downside is that eventually you may reach a point in your upgrading where it becomes too painful to part with some of your darlings in order to add more. You'll get to where you have twenty super nice pieces you really would prefer to hang on to.
That's fine, though. I say by all means, do follow the B20 strategy for a few years, until the "drop one to add one" aspect becomes too difficult. I really advocate this type of collecting, at least as a discipline for someone to follow over the span of five years or so. It teaches material detachment and helps one develop one's eye for quality coins. And it liberates you from the structure of sets. You don't have to add something because you "need" it to fill some predetermined hole. You add it only because it's something you like and want. And you don't need key dates this way (though if you want to add some, you can).
I like your beginning so far. Solid stuff!
Well said, Rob.
You explained the evolution of an accumulator to a collector.
And yet at the end of it all, I'm barely more than an accumulator, having such a freestyle, "no rules" collection. But I like to think there's a little more rhyme and reason to it than just a random accumulation, of course.
As to the B20 collectors, there's the eye on quality over quantity, for one thing. and it's certainly more focused than some random mixture of junk and gems piled into a cigar box.
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