Regular circulation, one of each type

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by goossen, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    I'm a world coins collector, this of course includes US coinage as well. So I was thinking if it would be possible to have one of each type from the coins which were made for circulation. I did a quick check online and Numista lists 139 different coins. To simplify I'll skip the gold ones, this leaves me with 105 items.
    Leaving aside variants and mintmarks, would it be possible to complete this collection?

    The rules are:
    - It should be realistic to acquire the coin. Meaning certain population should exist.
    - Not paying more than 500 USD per single coin.
    - I don't care about grade, but the coin should be identifiable.
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  3. GenX Enthusiast

    GenX Enthusiast Forensic grammatician

    US type sets are a blast. If you're doing raw coins, there's the 7070 Dansco album, if graded and slabbed, you can go by registry set in NGC, PCGS or other. Very doable by your criteria.
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  4. bradgator2

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  5. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    A lot depends on what is considered to be a type as well. For example, do you consider Seated Dollars to have two types (no motto & with motto)?
  6. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    I’d consider KM# 71 and KM# 100 to be different types. I won’t consider the “2 1866 known pieces” with no-motto.
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  7. Gallienus


    Well actually the US Seated dollars have at least 4 types. The no stars Gobrecht obv/ Flying Eagle with stars rev: 1836, the with stars Gobrecht obv/ no stars Flying Eagle of 1839, and the without (1840-65) and with motto (1866-73) types. All 4 are classified as "for circulation" coins. The 1838 Gobrechts are classified as patterns.
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  8. goossen

    goossen Senior Member

    Really impressive! Congratulations!
    And gives me much hope. :)

    Is eBay a good place to purchase?
    Considering that I'm not going for key dates or super high grades, can I purchase raw pieces relatively safe or counterfeiting is still a high risk?
  9. bradgator2

    bradgator2 Supporter! Supporter

    Awesome, thanks. I bought the vast majority of mine on Ebay. If it was more than $75... I only bought slabbed coins and then busted them out. I think there was one semi expensive one, but I had a few experienced old eyes on here give me their opinions first. As for everything else, I would only buy if there are multiple clear images.

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  10. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    No it isn't possible, not with those rules. Going for very low grade (Poor 1 Fair-2) might get most of the rare types for $500 or less, but you may have to settle for holed coins on some of them, and even that won't get you a Draped bust small eagle half dollar. That is a $30,000 coin is AG. Even in Fair-2 I would expect it to be $8,000 or more. Even a holed Fair 2 would probably be over $2000
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  11. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Especially given the number of other coins that fit that category (i.e. flowing hair dollar, Gobrecht dollar, 1796 quarter, etc.)
  12. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Man I have been collecting U.S. Coins since I was a kid with my dad's help and I still do not have all the coins I desire. Maybe someday I hope if I live long enough... Good luck
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  13. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    I don’t even know all the type coins. For me it would be a challenge
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  14. dopey

    dopey New Member

    the best album for a us type set is by intercept shield dopet
  15. dopey

    dopey New Member

    the best album for a us type set is by intercept shield dopey
  16. bradgator2

    bradgator2 Supporter! Supporter

    You can say that again!
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  17. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I don’t purchase a lot from EBay. But there are an awful lot of posts here on CoinTalk showing counterfeit coins being marketed on EBay. If you have a good handle on counterfeit detection, then EBay is a decent coin source.
  18. serdogthehound

    serdogthehound Well-Known Member

    All four figure coins in any condition. Not to mention you could count the 1792 half Disme and the site mention does that 10k regardless of condition
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