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Does Quantity Have A Quality All Its Own, As Stalin Said?

 
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 Posted 04/22/2021  11:10 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add classic_coin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Alright, here's one for you systematic collectors of type, date, mint, etc:

What to you makes a more satisfying collection: quality or quantity? Do you go for a greater percentage of the complete set (but perhaps at lower grade), or fewer examples at higher grade? Would you rather possess one of each date and mint $5 Liberty Head at VF20, or just a few at MS62?

There's no agenda to my question other than curiosity.
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 Posted 04/23/2021  04:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In order: Quality then quantity .
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 Posted 04/23/2021  07:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd be interested to learn what Mao Zedong's thoughts were on quantity and quality.
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 Posted 04/23/2021  07:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My answer is yes.

I set a goal on quantity (an OFEY covering about 300 years), and when I see a high quality coin I can afford, I go for it, but when I see the right coin in a lower grade, I also go for it since my budget is not unlimited.

Had I started this theme in my collection when I was 25 or 30, I might have behaved differently.

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 Posted 04/23/2021  08:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have both.. completed sets in lower grade and higher grade coins also. It all depends on cost. But if the question is which, I would rather have a complete set in lower quality than an incomplete set in higher quality.
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 Posted 04/23/2021  5:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ty2020b to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have both. And depending on how you look at it, you can have quality quantity.

By barber 10c set (in progress) ranges from AG-AU, the AG coins are still "quality" as they have exhibit good honest wear with no issues. Nice color, and nothing that would warrant a "details" designation.

You can still have quality, good eye appeal low grade coins.

As others have said. You need to figure out what's obtainable for you. Before starting a set, crunch some numbers for various grade ranges and see what you can afford, then shoot for the highest grade obtainable.

There are many series that I prefer circulated, and some circulated. If a series is out of my price range to complete in a high set ans I don't like the appeal of a lower grade set that I could afford, I won't start a complete set. May just acquire a couple examples in higher grades they I can.

Hope that wasn't TOO confusing!
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 Posted 04/25/2021  12:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I love my completed Dansco albums, the oldest part of my collection. I also love my higher quality Ike set, which is a much newer part.
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