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How in the world does a collector decide?

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jcra80
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 Posted 02/19/2012  11:28 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add jcra80 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I am perlexed and I change my mind all the time..........

There was my Barber dime period....... Morgan dollar period.......... Walking Liberty period...............

With so many choices how did you decide what to collect?

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 Posted 02/19/2012  11:31 am  Show Profile Check stud722's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add stud722 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am new to collecting, but I have started to collect world coins for the simple reason that they interest me. I like to find the history of the coin, the artistic value, and I really like animal coins. Just my 2 cents
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 Posted 02/19/2012  12:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tim Stroud to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a code I go by and it has worked very well for me in the past. It goes like this. If I see it and I want, can afford it, I buy it. Very simple,only problem is I see a lot of stuff I want, and most of the time can afford. The only problem with the whole plan is collection management. I am currently trying to use Six Sigma and 5-S practices to get things under control.

Like that is gonna happen.
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 Posted 02/19/2012  12:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add drkrish21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My greatest worry with old coins is counterfeits.... so collecting world coins is a better choice atleast for me...
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 Posted 02/19/2012  12:16 pm  Show Profile Check glenzy1's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add glenzy1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hello jcra80, when I first started collecting coins, I had the same problem as you are facing. What I did for a solid year, I collected every Canadian coin I "thought I liked" for a full year in lower grades.
Every week while reviewing my Collection I noticed I started favouring a particular grouping/series of Canadian coins and as time went by the love for this particular year/set/grade/series became more focused.
I've now whittled away my acquisitions to all six Canadian decimals ("business strikes only") between the years 1858-1967.
My Collection is now finished, all I do occasionally is upgrade!

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 Posted 02/19/2012  1:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add HONDO to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was immediately drawn to Franklin halves, just by the look of them. Can't really explain it. The more time that goes b, the more I read, learn and find new things (varieties, errors, etc) to look for. Very interesting and very fun. I also keep up do date with and collect modern us quarters. The state quarters are what turned me into a coin collector.

For you, I would suggest to keep looking for and buying coins that interest you the most. Buy a book and study them. One will eventually jump out. At the same time, there's nothing wrong with multiple collections. Keeps things from getting stale!
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 Posted 02/19/2012  2:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Buzzard to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
One of the great things about collecting coins is that it is up to you to decide how you are going to do it. No harm will be done if you leave a series unfinished. It will be waiting for you when you are ready to return. Coins don't eat, they don't take up much room, and they rarely break down and require repairs.

If you are looking for more structure, catalog your coins and look to see if there is hidden structure in what you have been acquiring. With Barber dimes, Morgan dollars, and Walking Liberty halves, it looks like you can call yourself a collector of Classic American Silver. Now if you choose to move on to, say, Standing Liberty quarters it won't be random, it'll be part of your grand plan.
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 Posted 02/19/2012  4:00 pm  Show Profile Check SsuperDdave's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SsuperDdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I embraced the randomness a long time ago.

Although my fascination with Morgans, especially 1921's, will not wane the next coin in my collection could just as easily be a Lincoln Cent or a Barber quarter or a Bust Half or a.....well, just about anything.
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 Posted 02/19/2012  5:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DM1975 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have learned one thing in life in this area and it is to never pass up a good deal if you can afford it. What I gain from those good deals that don't particularly fit into my plans at the moment is that they help to drive my future passions in my collecting.
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 Posted 02/19/2012  6:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bryan1315 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I started with the Morgan dollars but have been through quite a few stages where I have collected other series of coins including Britannia's . There really is no wrong choice to what you collect as every series has people that think they are beautiful in their own way. I just say pick something that you find appealing to you and if it changes you can always come back to it down the road if you wish
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 Posted 02/19/2012  6:38 pm  Show Profile Check SeatedNut's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SeatedNut to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How do I decide?

I Flip a Coin!


Sorry, it just had to be said.
So many coins, so little time ...
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 Posted 02/19/2012  6:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stevex6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I participated in a recent poll, which asked the CCF members what type of Canadian coins they collected (I think it was glenzy1's poll?) ... anyway, the results showed that "dimes" were a total outlier (very few people collect dimes compared to the other denominations) ...

So, if I was just starting-out => I would aim for dimes, because I think there are probably far more great big fat bargains in that market at the moment!?

... but even knowing this fact, I still can't force myself to collect dimes (you need really small fingers!)
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 Posted 02/19/2012  6:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
With so many choices how did you decide what to collect?

You mean you actually try to decide on what to collect? Why?
Just collect coins. Any coins. Collect them all.

Quote:
How do I decide?

I Flip a Coin!

Sorry, it just had to be said.

About what I really do.
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 Posted 02/20/2012  05:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BuffaloBonehead to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, dimes seem to be an outlier. My real life coin-collecting friends also shun Jefferson Nickels, though I know that isn't necessarily the consensus just from seeing the posts on here.
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 Posted 02/20/2012  08:37 am  Show Profile Check barryg's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add barryg to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I found it impossible to focus on just one type of coin since I found them all so fascinating. That's why I finally decided to focus on my 7070 U.S. Type Album so I could "legitimately" collect a little of everything. Now that I have completely filled it, I am working on slowly upgrading the coins within and I expect that to keep me busy for years to come.
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 Posted 02/20/2012  3:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Eurocoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When I started it was obvious that I collect every coin by date from my country (1864 to date). That was what everyone collected here, every denomination from the first possibly year to date. But once I looked trough my coin albums I started to think that I don't want to look same desings page after page. I kept only one from every type and sold the rest. I started to collect world coins by type and especially European ones 1900-date. I can say this is really fun and you can find a lot of bargains due to large field.
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