All the suggestions sound great, SD, but the one thing that I have learned in collecting world silver, is focus , focus, focus ........ I personally have focused on coming up with ideas for small but meaningful sets. I collect NGC
Brown Label Eagles with one of my sons, specialty proof sets with another son ( we have completed our Silver Premier Proof Sets, American Legacy Proof Sets and are working on a complete set of Prestige Proof Sets.....anyone have a 1996 Prestige Set they can sell us for cheap ? ) I am trying to put together, along with specialty sets, registry sets of Pandas and Libertads, like the majority of us, all out of my gf's focus. Does my coin dealer of choice tempt me with coins out of my collecting realm ? Of course, whos head isn't turned by a 1909 vsb , 1913 Buffalo, one of a thousand different label Eagles or privied Maple Leafs. Especially if they are a great buy at a show or auction.My restrained reply is, yes they are beautiful, yes they are a great buy/investment, but they are NOT what I collect, $40 on that underpriced Kookaburra is forty dollars less I have to spend on that 1998 MS 69 Brown Label Eagle to complete the 90's portion of my son's ASE
My point is there are fine lines between hoarding , unfocused and unbridled collecting, accumulating over priced spot valued world silver coins from multi...multi countries and putting together a meaningful collection for your son. If you don't focus, your interest and especially your resources will quickly wane and your project will collect dust.
I am new here and really don't want to offend anyone, so I apologize in advance, but some of the coins that were suggested were sterling, not .999 silver, $100 plus boutique coins that ..... well look on craigslist and see how many Franklin Mint or HSN " Great Artists of the 20th Century " silver coin sets are being sold for the buying price of $2000 instead of the melt price, which is what they are worth. Many of the coins suggested are " representative " but are not even that well struck or good looking. The coins you chose are representative of the most popular , well designed and well struck coins of 2012. They are affordable and guaranteed to hold their value and rise with age and the price of silver. For my 100 years of U. S. Silver Set, I could have added a Peace dollar
, or an Ike, I could have gone with an 1886o Morgan or an 1896s and 1986 or '96 proofs, but why ? The two coins I included are beautiful , MS affordable coins, that make the point I was trying to convey with the set , I can beautifully display them in the den, If they are stolen I will be sad but not financially hurt ( my son took his set to school this year for show and tell ), When the gf asks how much ? Since both coins are raw and in capsules I don't have to lie, " I paid $31 for Morgan and $31 for the Eagle and I made the box, less than a pair of her shoes.
I guess this is a long winded way of suggesting that if you want to hoard world silver for yourself, that is fine , if you want to invest in silver coins for your son's future that is fine, but if you want to make a meaningful " birth year set " for your son, keep it simple with the coins you chose, stay away from the .925 , comemmeratives and boutique coins that cost $100+ dollars and will be worth squat, long after people have forgotten about the Titanic or the 2012 Olympics even the proof coins , which tend to be expensive and look out of place displayed among the other coins and stick with something that your son is going to relish and sow the seeds of this great father/ son hobby. Would you rather "tell" your son about the collection you have stored away for him, or let him open the box, take the coins out of their capsules, examine them, hold them show them off, after all isn't that what father/son time is all about.
Again . I am new, sorry if I stepped on any toes with my opinions/suggestions. Love this site.