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The "One Box Collection" - Could You Do It?

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 Posted 01/20/2021  01:22 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add PNWType to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I once heard about an idea called the One Box Collection where you have a single slab box, 20 coin slabs, and that's your whole collection. As you are interested in new coins, if you're at 20, you sell one to welcome a new coin. That way, over time, your collection gradually curates itself into an incredible set of just 20.

I have a fairly minimalist way of collecting, so after my 7070 (US type), 7094 (US Silver Commem Type), 7210 (Canada Type), and custom 7070, I don't want coin "bulk" beyond a few sentimental 2x2s. For me, the One Box method would mean keeping my collection small but curated, and let me continue collecting without solely upgrading the same albums.

If I had a box, my dream would be classic US type pieces in high grade (1792-1799), 1300s-1600s British hammered silver with portraits, and a small assortment of old (200+ yr) world crown size coins.


Would you ever think about downsizing and trying this method out? Whether you would or wouldn't actually do it, what would be in your box?
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 Posted 01/20/2021  02:45 am  Show Profile   Check norantyki's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add norantyki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I sort of already use this method, although I have a box for each country (type collections), and the boxes hold more than 20 coins each. Still, its kept me down to 3 boxes, and has ensured that I only keep what I absolutely want. I think its a good way to go if you dont feel the need to be completest.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  04:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a box of coins, it has several thousand in it, not 20. 20 is a garnish in my opinion. I will soon be welcoming coins 7187 to 7223 and will not need to sell any to make way for it.

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If you had to limit me to 20 coins, they would be

1. 1935 NZ Waitangi Crown
2. 1935 NZ 3d
3. My 1656 Commonwealth Halfcrown Fine
4. 1670 Halfcrown (All British from 4. to 13.) Fine
5. 1687 Halfcrown Fine
6. 1731 Halfcrown gFine
7. 1820 Halfcrown gEF
8. 1826 Halfcrown AU
9. 1891 Halfcrown gEF
10. 1896 Halfcrowm gEF
11. 1905 Halfcrown Good
12. 1912 Halfcrown UNC
13. 1929 Halfcrown EF
14. 1917S Type 1 Standing quarter
15. 1916 Egypt 20 Piastres VF
16. 1862 Turkish 20 Kurus Fine
17. Australia 1947 Florin UNC
18. Australia 1933 Shilling VG
19. Greece 1963 30 Drachma - UNC
20. A new coin ready to be "welcomed"
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 Posted 01/20/2021  08:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good idea. However, I will need a box about 20 x 20 x 20 feet in size.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  08:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I read about it before this thread and the answer is no.

I'm pretty frugal and would rather have a full set of circulated coins that 1 GEM. Even for my 7070 where I'm going higher quality, I would rather have an MS 62 than an MS 66. So the answer is no.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  08:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jason39305 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There's no way I could do this. I prefer my coins in albums and like complete sets (or as complete as I can get them)
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 Posted 01/20/2021  09:03 am  Show Profile   Check SilverCents's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SilverCents to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm a cheapskate that likes having a big collection, so it would be near impossible for me to be able to do this.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  09:46 am  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Good idea. However, I will need a box about 20 x 20 x 20 feet in size.


Hehe JustCarl. Someday I'll be with you. I couldn't imagine limiting myself to 20 coins. Totally unfathomable. I'm just not that kind of collector. Too many albums.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  10:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just my Lincoln commemorative cents would fill 50%


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Just my Lincoln commemorative cents would fill 50%
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 Posted 01/20/2021  12:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nope. No way. I can understand how some people might have fun this way, but there is just too much of what I perceive as eye candy out there to have only 20.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  12:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No, I could not narrow things down and save just 20 coins and call it my collection.
Maybe 200 if I could keep a couple lifetime collected sets. Which may just happen someday too.
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Maybe 200 if I could keep a couple lifetime collected sets.
That would still be an iffy goal for me.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  5:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I'm pretty frugal and would rather have a full set of circulated coins that 1 GEM. Even for my 7070 where I'm going higher quality, I would rather have an MS 62 than an MS 66. So the answer is no.
This is pretty much my opinion, with the caveat that MS-62 is also often too high of a grade for my collection.

Of course there's one more problem with the "box" as described in the OP: slabs. I collect a lot of ancient coins, and as far as I'm aware ancient coins pretty much only get slabbed 1) by vain collectors who think slabs are awesome, or 2) if they're so ludicrously high grade that slabs are useful for protection.
Option 2 is out of my budget and not really in my interests anyway, and option 1 tends to be terrible quality and overpriced. So if my box needs to be all slabs this basically means I can't have a single ancient in it unless I get ludicrously lucky.

Slabs aside... well the 1657 Elbing, of course, the 1622 Bohemian, the overstruck denga, the Judean 8 prutot, the Serbian... the Yemen... the Saint Pierre and Miquelon... hold on...
...yeah, I suspect that even if I try to [mentally for now] whittle down my collection to the outrageous cherrypicks I absolutely want to keep it would already be more than 20. Though it would be nice to actually try to write down a set and see how close to 20 (or less) I could get (except that after I post the set I'd probably immediately remember a coin that I forgot to include).
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 Posted 01/20/2021  6:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Since it would never happen my 20 set would be:
1) 1964 Peace dollar
2) 1922 high relief Peace dollar
3) 1877 in proof ( IHC)
4) matte proof 1909 S VDB
5) 1913 V nickel
6) High Relief Roman numeral no motto $20
7) 3 legged bison in MS
8) 3 cent silver in proof
9) 1916 standing liberty
10) 1916-d Mercury dime in MS
11) 1798 large cent
12) Govbrecht dollar
13) 1856 Flying Eagle
14) 1916 walking liberty
15) MS Trade dollar
16) MS capped bust dime
17) $100000 Federal reserve bank note
18) $10000 Federal reserve bank note
19) $1000 watermelon note
20) $1 technicolor note

I guess if I had the above I might be ok. All would have to be in mint state.
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