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Do You Prefer Mint State Coins Or Circulated Coins?

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 Posted 11/18/2021  6:00 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Wrekkdd to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I know most of the hobby revolves around coins in mint state, the higher grade the better. My question is when it comes to looking at your coins do you prefer a mint coin or one with a story to tell.

Me personally enjoy circulation coins. Who knows who had it or where it has been, it could have crossed hands with Elvis, or a president or other who knows. The idea of I wonder makes me like circulation coins for the "I wonder" factor.

What do you like and why?

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 Posted 11/18/2021  10:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I prefer circulated myself, for that same reason: coins were invented and intended for use as money, circulated coins actually were used as money.
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 Posted 11/18/2021  11:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PNWType to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I also much prefer circulated. A circulation patina? Gorgeous!

As my collecting interests shift I find myself more interested in coins from pre-1800 and when they're that old it's cool to see a little circulation to know that your piece of history found its way around the old world
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 Posted 11/19/2021  7:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It depends for me. I collect not due to numerical grades but due to eye appeal.
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 Posted 11/19/2021  8:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wrekkdd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I never understood eye appeal untill I started buying older circulation coins. Not so bad that they are basically modern road kill coins but have been used for what they were supposed to be used for and still look beautiful. My favorite coin is not my most expensive coin but I just love the way it looks. I don't dislike mint state coins and have a few but I think I prefer collecting nice circulation pieces. The Toning and wear just makes me love them a bit more.
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 Posted 11/19/2021  9:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Toning and the way it looks is eye appeal.
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 Posted 11/22/2021  08:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When I started my collection it was built with what I could find in change. When I bought coins I preferred circulated because they were affordable and matched what I already had in my sets. While I would buy proof coins and sets to fill my albums, I only bought uncirculated mint sets to fill holes where a coin was NIFC.

Then the modern world happened. I use electronic payment most of the time which means holes are not getting filled from change. To remedy this I started buying uncirculated mint sets to fill my albums.

I guess this is all to say that I prefer whatever I can get.
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 Posted 11/22/2021  09:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I prefer the best I can afford which is why my collection has everything from VG to MS.

But I also MUCH prefer straight graded coins which is why I have only two DETAILS coins in my collection.
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 Posted 11/22/2021  1:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For me it is the newest looking coin the better.
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 Posted 11/22/2021  1:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wrekkdd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For me proof coins I wan as mint as possible but circulation coins I like a bit of wear and toning etc. Some MS coins from the early 1900s and 1800s are amazing looking but well WELL out of what I could ever afford. Even then I still think I prefer the look of a "used coin"
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 Posted 11/23/2021  09:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm split on this one. if I'm filling a slot in my type set I'm buying the best example I can afford. if its to fill a slot and its common any decent grade that fits in with the rest. if its more rare than the highest grade I can afford. in all cases only coins that would grade straight. I dont buy slabbed coins per se. I want to see them side by side in an album. the only exception would be if I'm buying a high grade (MS65 or better) or rarer coin for investment.
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 Posted 11/23/2021  4:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well that all depends , on how one personally likes their coins to look like . Me, I love my mid to high grade circulated semi-classic U.S. coins .But then I also like my uncirculated red and white examples .

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 Posted 11/23/2021  4:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not fussy about grade, as long as I can make out the date and mint.
I do prefer my coins to be circulation type coins though, not NCLT.
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 Posted 11/23/2021  9:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add radars_teddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
mint coins tell plenty of story.
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 Posted 11/24/2021  06:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I'm not fussy about grade, as long as I can make out the date and mint.
When it comes to affordability a lot of the time it comes down to that!
(Or whatever the equivalent is for coins too old to have a date on them. Some catalogs classify such coins very narrowly, which makes things tricky.)

That aside, I do like it when the details are visible, but it doesn't make a lot of difference from roughly XF and up, and when it does it's often a question of strike quality rather than the technical grade. And affordability is in any case more important.
(I also really don't like the nominally-MS coins full of bag marks, which basically shuts me out of the MS-60 to MS-62 grades unless the type is NCLT and doesn't come in anything else.)

"Who knows where it's been" isn't really a drive for me most of the time unless the story is particularly intriguing. If anything it's a worry. For all I know it could have crossed hands with a plague carrier and then what if there's still particles of plague in the patina?
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 Posted 11/24/2021  08:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wrekkdd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not sure about the plague but most viruses would not live long on a silver coins or copper. I think covid survives about 4 hours on copper. Not sure about silver.
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