Personally I couldn't see how someone won't catalogue, or write up their collection? (ok it takes time, but that is part of the hobby right?
Personally, I started out with literally writiting down every single coin I had. But then I figured out I better put it on the PC. By now I have several documents tracking every single thing I add / remove from my collection. Nothing fancy, and pretty chaotic... but there is a method to the madness
I use 3 sorts of documents: Words, Noteblock, Excel
For example, the original document were ALL coins and notes are in is a word document of approximate: 117 pages and counting... (ALL in Times New Roman 12
But I have several core collections, so I started using excel to filter the cool coins & notes: world coins from 1500 / 1945, Dutch Banknotes, Silver, Euro's, USA, Switserland, Etc.
So I ended up with several sub documents, some more elaborate than others (depending on my personal attachment of the collecting area) it can get a bit confusing at times.
So that is why I always keep my original word doc. from 117 pages
It's late here, or early I must say
So sorry for my ramblings...but here are some examples of my excel fromats! All world coins:BanknotesOld World Coins & Silver