many moons ago, way back when, I did some reading on silver eagles before I started jumping on them, though my mind was mostly already made up. I read about them, saw how many of them there are & sized it up: I wanted one of each different type & variety. to me, that would make a proper silver eagle collection, to be able to get one of everything, whether it's raw, slabbed or in a set.
so I started with a very simple list, one of everything means one of each bullion strike, proof, and burnished coin for each year that they've been produced, and get any reverse proofs or enhanced uncirculated issues, and any special issues or error varieties. sometimes the purchase of a set of some sort is necessary to get certain coins, and that's fine, but I don't buy every set that a silver eagle is issued within. I really just want one example of the coin. sets take up a lot of room, lol, so I'm a minimalist on sets (and packaging), but I want the silver eagles.
i added two '08/ rev.'07 burnished silver eagles this year, so the only thing I have left to attain is the '95-W proof, and keep up with each new issue each year as they're released. i'll work on getting some slabbed specimens of particular silver eagles, but not everything.
I've had a whale of a time assembling the collection. it's been great, taken me several years to get it to where it is and I'm still adding to it. it's been great and I can babble endlessly about it. I hope you have as much of a good time assembling yours as I have had assembling mine.