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 Posted 08/13/2018  12:58 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add larsdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Four years in the making and thanks to inputs from Sap, Medieval, january1may, and wheatiefan, I have finally finished my project of an OFEC collection circa 1980.

I welcome any and all critique!

The entire project can be viewed at:

http://www.larsdog.com/coins/ofec.htm

But if you prefer screen shots, here they are:




























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 Posted 08/13/2018  02:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coconutjoe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice job

I love how it's organized. Super labeling.

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 Posted 08/13/2018  05:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That looks like quite the project. A BIG congrats on it's completion. What was the hardest coin to acquire and what was the easiest? What coin has the highest value and what coin has the lowest value? What would the retail value be on the set? Inquiring minds want to know
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 Posted 08/13/2018  06:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing work--well researched and executed!
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 Posted 08/13/2018  07:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great collection! Congratulations!

As a fellow lover of world coins, what was the most interesting or surprising thing you learned while doing your research?
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 Posted 08/13/2018  07:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add scopru to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
larsdog hats of to you. That is a fantastic accomplishment and your presentation is very good. Very impressive.
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 Posted 08/13/2018  08:06 am  Show Profile   Check nss-52's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nss-52 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wish my collection was that organized! Nice job!
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 Posted 08/13/2018  10:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done and congratulations!

I love your choice for the USA slot. An excellent decision.
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 Posted 08/13/2018  9:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add larsdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for all the kind words, but if anyone takes issue with any of my decisions, feel free to chime in. I was torn on several coins, especially the British Crown dependencies and overseas territories.

So, for your questions:


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What was the hardest coin to acquire and what was the easiest?


Nothing was terribly difficult to obtain, but finding sources for coins from Cuba and North Korea can sometimes be a challenge depending on U.S. laws at the time. Of course the easiest were the coins I already had from earlier trips to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe.


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What coin has the highest value and what coin has the lowest value?


I probably spent the most on the coin from Palau and second most on the one from Faeroe Islands. The lowest cost would be the West German coin because I had that from a trip to Germany in the 80's and I went back two months ago. I took all my old coins from Germany and dropped them in a tip jar since they can turn them in at the bank for Euros. I would have dropped the coin in this collection into the tip jar as well, so it was free. As far as lowest value, that's hard to say. Some obsolete coins have no financial value but do have a numismatic value. I'm not sure how to answer that. The Mexican coin I got in the 1980's prior to the 1000:1 reform, so it's pretty much worthless.


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What would the retail value be on the set?


I didn't keep track, but figure $60 for the Dansco binders, slipcases and pages, about $5 for mounts, staples, card stock, and ink (plus another $3 because I had to redo a lot of stuff as I went along), and the cost of the coins. I'm just guessing, but probably about $700 total for all the coins, so $768 retail value would be close. However, I probably spent at least $250 in postage costs, so the more coins you already have or can buy without paying shipping the cheaper you can do it.


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What was the most interesting or surprising thing you learned while doing your research?


There were three things that stood out:

1. The Faeroe Islands coin issued during WWII because the rest of Denmark was occupied
2. The fact that Namibia was in the Atlas because it was assumed that the UN plan would go into effect and Namibia would become independent, but the war lasted another 10 years
3. The idea of collecting pre-invasion Baltic coins. Those coins would have been obsolete in 1980, but I visited Estonia about 6 weeks ago and learned about how everyone seemed to have an Estonian flag hidden away even though they were outlawed by the Soviets, so I imagine a lot of old coins were also kept around as keepsakes. Who knows, maybe some folks used them for pocket coins! It would be fun to learn more about the Baltics and the role old coins played, if any.


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I love your choice for the USA slot. An excellent decision.


Thanks! I wanted to highlight the effort to re-introduce dollar coins in the US during the 70s.

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 Posted 08/13/2018  10:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VERY well-done, Lars. An accomplishment in which to take pride. Thank you for sharing with us.
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 Posted 08/14/2018  10:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Thanks! I wanted to highlight the effort to re-introduce dollar coins in the US during the 70s.
Well done.
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 Posted 08/14/2018  12:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Truly an a amazing set, a wonderful presentation of them, and definitely a project anyone should feel proud to have researched so well and accomplished. Thanks for sharing it with us. I enjoyed looking at the diversity of the designs (you accidentally posted the Kuwait page twice).

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 Posted 08/14/2018  12:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bd251 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice collection and well presented. congrats on its completion!
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 Posted 08/14/2018  1:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What an excellent project, and so clean and well-organized too!
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 Posted 08/15/2018  2:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dave M to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really nice job, congrats on the completion!

One teeny nit. On the first line of the text description above... grammatically something is different *from* something else, not different *than* something else.
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 Posted 08/15/2018  4:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add larsdog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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you accidentally posted the Kuwait page twice


Sorry about that! I tried to delete the duplicate but I wasn't allowed to change the page more than 24 hours after posting.


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something is different *from* something else, not different *than* something else


Good point. I'll put a post-it note on that page and change it next time I print it. I have already photoshopped the electronic version at http://www.larsdog.com/coins/pages/OFEC01a.htm

Thanks!

Lars
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