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Ofec - How Do You Choose "The One"?

 
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 Posted 10/08/2021  03:02 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am interested to hear how people decide which coin from each country goes into their One From Each Country collection, especially for the countries where you have a very wide selection of coins on hand to choose from.

Do you collect by size, era, mintage, metal?

Personally I am trying to fit my OFEC collection into 3 sheets of 72 pockets each, so I am limited by size (up to about 23 mm).

Still tough to choose between a shiny new uncirculated example of a relatively low value coin or a lower grade key date coin.

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 Posted 10/08/2021  05:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not fussed, I just take what ever coin I find.
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 Posted 10/08/2021  06:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I just take what ever coin I find


Really, so it's all about the number of different countries and not the coins themselves. Be interested to know which Australian coin you've got then.
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 Posted 10/08/2021  06:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm an OFEC collector, among other things, and where there is a choice, I choose in roughly this order: grade, size (bigger is better), metal content (I prefer silver), and then the design (a design I like better). Also, my preference is for actual circulating coins. Value is not an important consideration. So I would prefer a common Lincoln cent in MS over a worn 1877 cent, for purposes of this collection only. I would of course gladly have the 1877 to go in another collection. For Canada, where I have much choice, I picked one of the silver dollars, the 1949 issue.
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Really, so it's all about the number of different countries and not the coins themselves. Be interested to know which Australian coin you've got then.


I am in Australia, so I have most of the circulation coins.

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 Posted 10/08/2021  08:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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For Canada, where I have much choice, I picked one of the silver dollars, the 1949 issue.


Nice. Low mintage and silver.


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I am in Australia, so I have most of the circulation coins.


Yes, but you can only have ONE Australian coin in your OFEC collection.

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 Posted 10/08/2021  08:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't have an OFEC, but for other areas of my collection, and I pick the coin that I am most attracted to that fits my budget.
Regardless of denomination, grade, metal content, etc.

I know that's subjective, but the idea is to like the coin you've chosen!
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 Posted 10/08/2021  09:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Yes, but you can only have ONE Australian coin in your OFEC collection.

Ok, I'll pick this one then.



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 Posted 10/08/2021  09:41 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, can you really spare that one for your OFEC collection. I would have bet money on you choosing this coin:
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 Posted 10/08/2021  7:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As much as I like that one, I would have 2 other choices before that. I can see why you thought that though, as it's my avatar.

These 2...

I really like the Ram's head design.


The 20c W.A. coin is much nicer than the 50c.


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 Posted 10/08/2021  8:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Albert to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you collect one per country, and limit it to the 21st century alone, you should have about 213 coins (plus or minus some).
A very easy way to begin is to buy a bag of something like "500 world coins from about 150 countries".
Items like this in other quantities like 100 or 200 coins from different countries can be found searching online.
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 Posted 10/08/2021  9:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For me, it was largely first available, although I would generally try to find something silver over copper.

Added: also, I should point out that for me it has turned into ALOFEC (at least one from every country). I'm not chucking coins just because I found a better one from the same country.
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 Posted 10/09/2021  12:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For me, it's not "strict OFEC". I would say I'm more "At Least/ One From Every Country. So I don't have to worry about "which one is The One".
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