Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by OzRadio, May 28, 2005.
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good luck and good hunting
Franklin Half Dollars 1948-1963--you can buy most dates for $3 each..only about 3-4 might be more...these are silver
Jefferson Nickels 1938-2003...If you want to count the new ones you can--1950-D would be around $10 maybe...
Dimes from 1946-date...they are cheap and easy to find...1949-D and S are a little bit more...also from 1946-1964 the coins are silver so you might have to buy them at a dealers because you might not find them in rolls
As for the cents...if you start a set from 1909-date you will have a few coins that would be over $100...the 1909-S--1909-S VDB--1914-D...
I would suggest buying a few books before you buy many coins...
The Red Book...any dealer should have these books I listing
Photograde...It will help with grading circulated coins
ANA Grading guide...this will help will all grades.
I would also get a copy of the CoinWorld Mag...its great!!
As the old saying goes...Buy the book before you buy the coin.
I didn't start by collecting pocket change, because in those days I didn't have any.
Some generous people were kind enough to give a child a few interesting coins, and that was all it took for a spark to become a flame. Collecting from pocket change came many years later, and for me, remains a very interesting aspect of my hobby.
I would certainly recommend collecting circulated nickels to the beginning hobbiest. Most dates/mintmarks can be found in circulation, and those that aren't can be purchased fairly inexpensively.
Jefferson Nickels are as good a place to begin as any. You will want to read about them before you spend much more money.
I assume that you already know that you have to count the steps. From that point forward, there are even more details, including Red Book Varieties, errors, etc. You will want to find out more about The Full Step Nickel Club (EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Work Phone: (818) 759-4745.) The FSNC publishes a newsletter, The Portico. They are an ANA member club and if you and your son really like this hobby, you will want to join the American Numismatic Association. Apparently, there is no standard references for Jefferson Nickels. At least, I found none in either the American Numismatic Society or American Numismatic Association library catalogs.
I "started" with Barber Dimes, actually, and never got past the first six or eight before going over to Mercury Dimes. That was fine, but I realized that what I really liked about those coins was the classical imagery. At a local coin show, I saw ancient Greek coins for sale in about the same price range as the nicer Mercury and Barber dimes, and so that is what I focused on for the next several years. I collected small silvers worth about a day's wages from the towns and lifetimes of famous philosophers.
Well, I have been collecting since 1986 but just recently got back into the swing of things.
I forgot how much I had back then Lots of Proof sets and Dime set from 1946-1965 in UNC with the 1949S also.
But I concentrate on Nickels Mostly now. Trying to complete and 1938-On PCGS Set with proofs in MS65FS Or higher...
Well Good luck on whatever you choose....
Just a question...do you mean you are doing a set of MS and PF Nickels?
As you can't get MS65FS from PF coins!!!
What I am trying to accomplish is Jeffersons 1938 - Current MS65 Or higher In Full Steps All in PCGS holders and Proof-65 or better would rather 68-69 Proofs. I guess my biggest choice would be finding certified coins from other companies, since you can usually get them alittle bit less than PCGS coins of the same and re-cert. the coins through PCGS.. Just to get the set.
I hope this answers your questions
And I know this is going to be a long expensive labor of love.
Just a curious question Jefferson: What are you going to do about the 2005 Mint Set/business stike changes? Collect one of each or just go for the Proof Set coin and call it a day? I am just curious because if I collected nickels, I would be scratching my head about what to collect.
I'd love to see a picture of your PCGS 1969-D MS65 FS nickel, when you get it.
It seems it wasn't until the last 15 years or so that Full Steps have 'come out of the closet' and become a mainstream collectible. I hadn't been paying much attention to full steps until they started appearing at coin shows with big price tags. I'm pretty sure some of mine will make full steps. I have a few ANACS slabbed 1938's designated as FULL STEPS for comparison. I attended a seminar on Full Step nickels by Bill Fivaz and the future looks extremely bright for the Full Step Jefferson nickels. Better hurry up and get them at today's prices. I don't think you'll ever get them any cheaper.
I understand PCGS will give early Jeff's, up to the late 1960's I think, an FS designation with only 5 full steps. Seems they don't have a designation for 6 step nickels from that period. ANACS will designate 5 or 6 steps on their slabs for any date. I don't think ANACS has given the 6 step designation to any 'Rev of 1938' nickels yet, but there are many 5 steps.
Enjoy your nickels!
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