US Type Set building

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by type, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. type

    type New Member

    I am getting 'familiar' with my coins again after stopping in the late '80s and early '90s. I've re-cataloged my holdings into Excel and thinking about adding to my United States type set that currently resides in my Dansco album. I've recently purchased three additional type coins, raw, to add to the set.
    I'm wondering about the strategy of collecting now that there is an Internet, where it did not exist during my early collecting.
    So, looking for some input on your strategy of collecting type for the goal of completing a US set.
    Originally I had started the goal of collecting the first year of each type at my most affordable values. I'm thinking the more expensive issues may well be better purchased in graded (slabbed) coins rather than committing to the album filling.

    So what is YOUR opinions and goals in filling a US type set?

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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Go for a Dansco 7070 and find slabbed coins then crack em out a lot of people do that.
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  4. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    Filling a type set allows for many directions. You will need to decide what you like (which dates, minimum grades, etc).

    My strategy was (for the most part) finding the nicest coin (something where I could appreciate the design) without spending a ton. Many coins were "details" (problem coins) but still showed the design of the coin well. Quite a few were cracked out of graded holders. Those were problem coins where the slab helped with authenticity when buying (especially for a commonly counterfeited coin like the Trade Dollar).
  5. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Do not put coins in Dansco albums. They turn coins darker. I have 4 dansco albums and regretted it. Buy airtite plastic holders for your coins and put them into "Caps" albums.

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  6. tcore

    tcore Coin Collector

    Your Airtite albums look like a nice solution for collecting raw coins.
  7. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    I think the answer to your question largely depends on how much you intend to spend. You could fill a Dansco 7070 with mid to low-grade specimens at a pretty reasonable cost, especially since the Dansco leaves out most of the really high-dollar coins like the 1796 quarter, the 1793 Chain Cent, etc.

    I seldom buy raw but that's up to you. I never crack out a slabbed coin in order to put it in an album since I don't do albums. My type set is 90% slabs and resides in 3-ring binders with pages that hold slabs. The few raw coins go into self-slabbing holders that have the same dimensions as the TPGs' holders.

    If you're going to buy expensive coins for this endeavor, I would highly recommend slabbed coins only since there are so many fakes out there. It's not a guarantee but it is insurance of a sort and reduces the likelihood of purchasing a fake.
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  8. type

    type New Member

    I wrote about the Dansco album in my post, and it is a 7070. I have some broke out coins in my album now.
    Thanks for your post...
  9. type

    type New Member

    I really appreciate your post and your advice. What self-slabbing holders would you recommend, and a source for the 3-ring binder pages that hold them?
  10. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    I mostly use the Leuchtturm holders. I get the 3-ring binder pages from places like Wizard Coin Supply.
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  11. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

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  12. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Absolutely this. If you’re doing a high end set I would absolutely recommend doing it slabbed and keeping it that way. Albums are good for things with significant circulation or details coins especially ones with minor issues that don’t get noticed easily when raw. Ultimately it’s what you like best but financially speaking if you were doing expensive/high end coins cracking them from holders for albums usually doesn’t end great.
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  13. Maxfli

    Maxfli Supporter! Supporter

    This bears repeating . . . over and over.
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  14. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I have complete type sets for the half cent through non gold dollars, the gold coins and all of the "old" commemorative coins, silver and gold - according to the terms laid out in the NGC registry.

    I have not collected regular coins in albums for many years. All of my type set coins are certified by NGC or PCGS. I do store my civil war and political tokens in Eagle brand albums. Each coin is in a plastic 2X2 which can be taken out a stored at the bank.

    My advice is to buy the best coins you can afford within reason. Buying the highest grades and so-called finest graded coins is great of you are a billionaire, but for those with less money, attractive coins are good enough.

    Don't get hung up on being the #1 collector in the registries. It's a fool's game. There will always be someone out there who is stronger than you, and there are ways to "play the system" which don't necessarily make your collection the best.

    I would not get hung up on buying the first year types. Once you reach a certain point, finding and affording the right coin is hard enough without adding first year of issue to the mix.

    The most important thing is to have fun and build a collection that makes you happy.
  15. Hambone1946

    Hambone1946 Active Member

    Great advice johnmilton.
  16. type

    type New Member

    I agree. Great advice!
  17. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I cracked a lot of slabs for the 7070 album. Today I feel it was a big mistake.
  18. AuldFartte

    AuldFartte Supporter! Supporter

    I have several Dansco albums for different sets including the 7070, and I have never had the coins turn dark or change color in any way. I am thinking it is because up until last July I lived in a very dry climate. Perhaps climate has a big effect on coins in these albums. Just something to think about.

    Whatever you decide to do, just remember to enjoy it!
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  19. type

    type New Member

    I'm trying out the Coin World Premier holders and getting my coins out of my DANSCO Type Set album.

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  20. type

    type New Member

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    You are SO right! Evacuated my DANSCO 7070 album last night, and I have that darkening issue with several of my silver coins. Not all, but several. I have other DANSCO albums with silver coins in them as well, but no edge darkening like these in my type set.
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  21. Vess1

    Vess1 CT SP VIP

    Well, great question. I was completing a US Type set in an Intercept Shield album that I was pretty pleased with for a few years. Then someone got me hooked on using NGCs registry. I ended up sending many of my loose stuff in to get graded for my registry set and other stuff I wanted to use, I already had in slabs.

    The registry is very easy to use once you get the hang of it. I usually have stuff photographed and entered the same day I receive. They have several options of US Type sets to pick from on their website and the registry is free to use. You can do as many or as few as you want. I just picked the one that is the most popular which seems to be the US Type Set Including Moderns. They cover the types really well and will keep you busy for a lifetime. I realize some of them may never be obtained like the 1792 half disme. But that's ok.

    They do a good job covering the types I think and keeping it educational and interesting. Like for 3 cent silvers, there are spots for the Ty 1,2, and 3. Same for SLQs. Ty 1 2 and 3. V nickels have a spot for the no cents and then any other date you choose. The 1921 Peace is a type and then the rest of the set is a type. They keep it updated with modern stuff too so the Innovation dollars count as one type. This way you can keep up without having an album to change and everything is in a slab.
    They do accept PCGS slabs again as well if you have any and the points count. They just take longer to get approved. You are awarded points based on the rarity and the grade and then it ranks you. I'm just an average guy and in about five years time I'm in the top 100 with mine. I like that you can easily share your type set with others this way too. You can use NGCs photos of your coin or take your own. I have a copy stand and a good camera so I take my own photos. You can check out my set in the banner in my sig line. That takes you to the old site which isn't nearly as nice as the updated version I'm used to now. But you can view pics of what's in my set there. I'm currently ranked 98th out of 1,116. It's a popular set option. I'm at a point now where I only add a few a year to it. I try to get the nicest I can afford as I go. There's no "easy" ones left for me.
    The nice part about it is that you can view your set online anytime anywhere on a computer. I keep the set in Lighthouse slab albums. Just my personal preference. Could store in intercept shield boxes if you want.

    You can keep batches of denominations together and add in anything else you want that isn't officially in your registry to make it even more interesting. The coins are well protected, the slabs themselves are protected from scratches in the plastic pages and there's nothing to conform to. If you need another album, get another album. That's how I do it.
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