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For Your Classic Coins Do You Collect Circulated Or Uncirculated Coins?

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 Posted 11/07/2019  1:44 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
For the classic coin collector are your collections:
1) Circulated coins
2) Uncirculated coins
3) A mix of circulated and uncirculated

For me the vast majority are circulated coins, I do have a few in AU/BU but the vast majority are circulated. I buy circulated as they cost less are more easily available and sometimes the only option available.

So which type do you collect?
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 Posted 11/07/2019  2:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CitationSquirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Primarily, I collect circulated coins. I do have a few uncirculated coins, but most are circulated. There is the cost element that you mentioned. But, for me there is also a historical aspect to it. It may sound corny, but a circulated coin has been somewhere and that is interesting to think about.
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 Posted 11/07/2019  2:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I go for the highest grade I can afford.
Most often that ends up being XF or AU.
But my whole FE/IHC set is MS.
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 Posted 11/07/2019  2:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hcmusicguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The extent of my "classics" are what's in my 7070. To that end, almost everything is circulated because it's what I can afford. I even have a few "holed" or otherwise damaged coins in there. My collecting budget right now is almost non existent, so I have to stick within my means. The only exceptions are the Mercury dime, Walker half, and Morgan and Peace dollars as these are easily available in uncirculated for not a significant investment. The Franklin (if you want to consider it a classic) is proof.

Now for modern series, I will always look for BU, but will settle for circulated (on a silver Kennedy for example) if it came to me for face.
Oldest circulation finds: Cent 1902; 3CN 1867; Nickel (Buffalo/no date); Dime 1914; Quarter 1876; Half 1936; Dollar 1900; Banknote 1928 $2; Foreign 1917 3d (Great Britain)
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 Posted 11/07/2019  2:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
But my whole FE/IHC set is MS.


Seriously? Wow!!
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 Posted 11/07/2019  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JJuliano to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mostly circulated due to cost but there is a certain appeal to circulated 19th century coins - imagine whose hands may have held them.
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 Posted 11/07/2019  2:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The nostalgia of old coins!! I have mostly an AU/BU set of Peace dollars for those that were circulated I imagine the time they out. The roaring 20's, time of the Great Gatsby, prohibition , speakeasy and bootlegging followed by the Great Depression. I'm even surprised that many coins made it out of the Great Depression as that was all some people had!
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 Posted 11/07/2019  3:07 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My type set is all MS from Seated forward for the most part, or is pending upgrade to mint state.
My best finds: 1999-WAM:http://goccf.com/t/332161 1988-RDV-6:http://goccf.com/t/335954#2873459 1986-Off-center: http://goccf.com/t/335952
1999 WAM #2:http://goccf.com/t/338710&whichpage=1
1981 Double Struck In Collar: http://goccf.com/t/350199&whichpage=1
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 Posted 11/07/2019  3:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CoinCollector2012 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I buy the best that I can afford
Sets in progress... Mercury dimes, Washington quarters, 7070 Type Set, WLH Short Set
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 Posted 11/07/2019  3:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a few uncirculated and AU coins, but the majority are well circulated. I like VF's best because they still have most of the coin's detail.

If a coin is uncirculated, it never performed its purpose as money, and is more of an unusual artifact. A heavily circulated 1881-CC Morgan is of much more interest to me than a GSA coin that sat in a sack in storage for a century.
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 Posted 11/07/2019  3:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most of my classic coins are circulated . Some AU-BU . To have all MS would be way over my budget .
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 Posted 11/07/2019  3:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Circulated coins.

I like my classics to have a traveled history.

My wallet likes that, too.
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 Posted 11/07/2019  4:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha2814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm in the "what I can afford" camp as well. Mostly MS for more recent classics, down to a VG8 for a Draped Bust quarter.
Working on: Indian quarter eagles, Chinese pandas, and San Francisco tokens; upgrading my Peace dollar and US Type sets

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 Posted 11/07/2019  4:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jpbone to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I actually like circulated coins better. Uncirculated coins, if not stored properly, can get spots or toning that is unattractive. Circulated coins are more interesting to me. Yes, they are more affordable also, but I just enjoy a honestly worn coin over one that hasn't been circulated.
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 Posted 11/07/2019  4:54 pm  Show Profile   Check yellow88's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add yellow88 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Almost exclusively AU with extra nice eye appeal. No TPG as I prefer they remain raw.
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 Posted 11/07/2019  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add atticguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Whatever is cheapest!
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