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Saving For Key Want List Vs Buying Lower Grade

 
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 Posted 04/20/2018  10:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add txgolfer56 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Acloco!
Actively collecting US Type coins and Morgans. Thinking about LWC upgrades.
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 Posted 04/20/2018  10:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Debrajc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good luck finding the right coins at the right price
and keep us posted on your progress!
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 Posted 04/21/2018  08:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ OP > This is exactly what I'm up against right now . I'm at the point where all I need is the keys to complete some of my U.S. sets . The problem is my coin budget , as I take pride in putting together nice no problem mid to high grade circulated raw coins . I am not a hole filler kind of guy nor will I put an AG-03 coin next to a VF-35 . My other problem is I'm too antszy and don't like waiting months to accumulate enough money to buy those bad boys that I need .
Help Please !
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 Posted 04/21/2018  08:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jmwilson to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For me it depends on the coin. I really like halves from the early 1800s in XF when the have the right amount of contrast between the highly worn regions (higher) and less worn regions (lower).
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 Posted 04/21/2018  08:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add txgolfer56 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I definitely like XF and better. So, key in VF Or F just dont have the eye appeal. Argh!
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 Posted 04/21/2018  10:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Vermillion Flycatche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Depends on the series and strike characteristics of the key date. There are series where I'm not too picky about the XF or AU distinction in the keys and will go for the best coin at a reasonable price. Buff nickels are one right now- the 26 S has a huge jump in price from Xf to AU and I'm going for an upper end xf. In the Standing Libs with the horrible strike characteristics of the 27s I would go for a quality XF because the wear would help distract from some of the strike blemishes that all of those coins have (weak shield for instance).

In Lincoln WC I went exclusively for AU since I like strong details on the face and ear, and little wear on the wheat stalks.

It's actuallly the semi-keys that have stymied me on the buffs and Lincolns. For instance a well-struck, reasonably priced 26 S Lincoln took over a year to find and I'm at 1.25 years and counting searching for a decently struck 27 S Buff that is not priced at an outrageous premium. For the latter either my standards or my wallet need to change ...perhaps......

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