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How Do You Acquire Additions To Your Collection?

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 Posted 01/23/2021  3:27 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Poll Question
Some recent threads have asked WHAT KIND of collector you are, of what your collecting GOALS are.

This poll asks HOW do you most often acquire your coins?

Since 2020 was an oddball year due to COVID, please consider the years before 2020 to choose which avenue you use most frequently for adding coins to your collection.

Since I am a collector of older world coins, my answer is Auctions - World... that is, most of my coin purchases the last few years come from auctions held outside the U.S., though I also buy some from online retailers.

Poll Choices
  Local Coin Store and Coin Shows
  Online Retailers (excluding eBay)
 EBay
  Coin Roll Hunting & Circulation
  Metal Detecting
  Auction Houses - North America
  Actions Houses - World (outside NA)
  Inheritance, donations

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 Posted 01/23/2021  3:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm probably in the minority but I do 50% of my purchases locally. I use eBay about 25% and other online stores about 20%, the other 5% is buying from other people or from classifieds.
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 Posted 01/23/2021  3:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not sure if that's the correct ratio (it probably isn't), but in my mind it groups like this: 85% local coin stores and shows (including "local" stores/shows in areas I happen to travel to), 8% gifts from my father (not sure if that counts as inheritance, donations, or something else), 4% other gifts, 2% roll hunting, 1% online (not eBay).

The last 12 months had a lot more gifts from father and a lot less LCS visits than usual, but I think I still got much more stuff from the stores than from dad. (Seriously, why does he keep giving me random modern coins? Half the time I already have those anyway.)
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 Posted 01/23/2021  4:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SamCoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Almost exclusively coin roll hunting. All about modern errors and varieties.
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 Posted 01/23/2021  5:17 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can I just answer yes? I buy from LCS, eBay, other online sites, Auction Houses, CRH (when I have time).
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 01/23/2021  5:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The poll only permits one selection--several options apply to me.
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 Posted 01/23/2021  6:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add atticguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Remember, the question is HOW do you most often acquire your coins?. I also use various ways to find the coins I'm looking for, but I MOST OFTEN use eBay (maybe 90% or so).

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 Posted 01/23/2021  7:25 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Numerically in 2019 I acquired more coins from circulation when travelling abroad than by any other method, but my last trip abroad was to Costa Rica in March 2020. In the past year most of my additions have come firstly from trade with other CCF members and secondly from my local coin shop during the periods when it's been open for trade. I've bought a handful of coins on eBay and got some new UK issues by ordering from The Royal Mint.
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 Posted 01/23/2021  7:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I buy from coin shows and e-Bay , I will not buy from online dealers that do not have photos of their coins for sale .
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 Posted 01/23/2021  8:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In 2020 I bought most often from eBay, but that was mainly because I didn't know about other sources such as Great Collections and Heritage and I didn't want to visit LCS due to COVID-19.
Recently however, I have checked out a few LCS and noticed they mostly have lower grade coins (G to F) which is not what I am looking for. I do find more and more online coin shops though that I tend to check out before heading to the larger auction websites.
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 Posted 01/23/2021  8:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I bought a token from eBay a few weeks ago and that was my first numismatic purchase from the 'bay in several years I think. Most everything I buy comes from OUS auctions.
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 Posted 01/23/2021  8:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Joe2007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Local coin stores and small/regional coin shows and occasionally local auctions.
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 Posted 01/23/2021  8:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for responses thus far.

@grape and @ijn, as @attic points out, even if you buy through several channels, you should just pick out the most frequent. So if you buy 35% from LCS, 25% from eBay, 20% from online retailers and and bits here and there from CRH and auctions, you would answer LCS.

That may not seem like an answer that accurately represents you pattern, but ...

@NumisRob. That's a big OOPS on my part that I did not list as an option "from circulation." I've fixed it by combining with CRH (as it seems these are both coins in circulation?)
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 Posted 01/24/2021  12:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In 2020 (when it came to coins) most of my time was spent organizing and labeling my collection for when they get passed down and I'm gone. Used gold,silver,red,yellow and green stickers so my girl would know which have value and how much also which ones can be spent so another collector can find and then there are some which will be given away (contest time here on CCF..) However I did buy around 20 coins from eBay and the US mint. Haven't visited my LCS since early 2020.....California and the stupid shut-downs. 2021 will be smarter buys with value and more reading for knowledge. I guess you could break down my buys...eBay 40%, LCS 30% (miss talking to Vic) US Mint 20% and then On-line
auctions 10%
Forgot about CRH...been hoarding (and will be hoarding) my change and boxes from my bank to check during retirement years,still some years away but hay why not store them up before someone else finds them.
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 Posted 01/24/2021  12:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most of my purchases are off Trade Me, a New Zealand based online auction site (I don't trust ebay and its not popular here).

I also buy a lot off several friends who have retired friends wanting to sell their collections and 2 old lady friends who own a thrift shop and sell me all the coins for a donation.

Neither of these options is in the poll, then again NZ is one of the few countries which is not that affected by Coronavirus (That may change with a leaked community case).
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 Posted 01/24/2021  4:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ezhik_Lt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For me it's missing two key options - trading coins with other collectors worldwide - I did at least 50 trades in 2020 and getting newly released coins right from National Banks (valid for Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine) and also from mints.
I rather a seller on eBay than buyer so getting coins from auctions would be a preferable option from the list.
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