Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Browns Fan, Jul 10, 2018.
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That sums it up for me. Just one example of a type is good.
Same here. Off the top of my head, I can think of only one world coin of which I have more than one example. Whether world or U.S., date series hold no interest for me.
Wow, this hits home for me. Years ago I worked hard to rid myself of the compulsion to fill holes, and since then I've been a much happier collector.
Not to mention that when you think about how most series have some key dates that mean big money for a coin that is otherwise just like the rest in the series, what's the point if it doesn't really mean anything special to you? A key date or common date coin look the same. The only real reason to get the key date is to show off to other collectors.
And there could be different reasons that I liked a coin. Usually it was because I liked the design, but there were also times when I liked the condition of the coin coupled with the design. And some times it was because it was a design I liked, in a condition I liked, and of a scarcity that I liked. And money, the value, of the coin played no part for me. What I mean by that is this, it didn't matter if the coin was valuable or not. The coin might have only cost me $30, or it might have cost me $4,000 - I bought them anyway because I liked them !
With parameters like that, well, you're not gonna be a set collector, at least not in the ordinary sense. But there were a few times when that aspect did come into it a little. For example, once I had purchased my first Real d'Or I decided it would be cool to collect a mint set of them, meaning 1 minted at each mint that made them. There weren't many, it would have only been a handful of coins, but I'd never seen or heard of anyone who had done it so I decided what the heck, I would.
And then there were the Netherlands gold ducats of course, a coin that became truly to special to me. And with those I decided that I would try, stress try, and collect a date set of them, one of each date that they were ever minted, regardless of mint. Again because no one had ever done it. Of course I knew from the get go that it would be a daunting task, which was probably why no one had ever done it. It was after all a coin that had been minted with the same basic design for well over 400 years at the time. But I was determined and set out to accomplish my goal.
I never got there of course because I quit collecting before I did. But I had well over a hundred of them and was definitely on my way. Today, my hope is that one day someone else will take up that task and see if they can complete it. If they ever do it will truly be an accomplishment worthy of note. One that will likely go down in the annals of numismatics.
As this thread has shown there are many reasons why a collector collects the way he does. But I think it also shows why they don't collect differently than they do. In other words I think they too are daunted by the task at hand because of its degree of difficulty. And if you are one of those people I would say to you - don't be. If there is something you'd like to do then go ahead and try ! Don't cheat yourself out of that greatest feeling of all - the sense of accomplishment, the sense of completely something that was hard to do. It just doesn't get any better than that
The book had illustrations and prices for world coin types dated from around 1850 to 1964 and was easy to carry around to local coin shows.
When the seventh edition came out in 1967 I bought one and would circle the catalog numbers of coins which I had.
Of course, inflation has made the values obsolete, but the illustrations still help in identifying coins.
Now I am more selective.
With coins, you can create your own completely unique collection that perhaps nobody else in the world has. You just have to be willing to have a unique collection, and not go after what everybody else wants. That's the kind of thing that holds my interest in coin collecting. For some, the novelty is in the condition rarity of their coins. For others, the novelty is that the grouping of their coins itself is unique, or at least, unusual.
I would also recommend FOCUS as something that can be a key factor for World Coin collecting: Only spending your allowance on that ONE THING in numismatics that will create a collection almost nobody else has, and not on all the other shiny things that catch your eye.
That said I do have a few more complete collections, which were generally somehow an offshoot of the OFEC when I couldn't decide on ONE coin. Like my Greenland bears, my Saint Pierre & Miquelon set, and a few other oddball things I've started. Oddly I have a mostly circulated set of Swiss 2Francs underway. Japan has grown into an extensive set with varieties (even a few errors) and full date sets. That is my true OC. Well, that and Zog of Albania. In that case I'm after the full (non-prova) series...just one Zog era coin was undoable for the One From Every Country set.
I kind of feel like anyone who collects outside their own nation probably is interested in the world in general, and the tendency to do a type set is strong. Not that we can't find areas to hyperfocus on, but the overall collection can be very general. Sometimes.
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