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I have recently been toying with the idea of building a collection that would keep me busy for awhile. But, type collections or a date series have been done to varying degrees by tons of numismatist. I’m looking for something more unique. Anyone ever seen, heard of, thought of or have a denomination-specific, date specific, mint-specific grade series. That is, a collection of a particular coin from a specific date and mint, with a specimen in a broad range of the different grades (from P-1 to MS-70). It’s kinda like what a one looks at to learn what different grades look like for a type of coin, but most of those as online or in book photo sets include several different date and/or mints.

My thoughts are a) you need a coin that has been around awhile to get worn enough so the lower grades exist, b) have a higher mintage number to be able to get the range of differing grades, and c) be interesting enough to collect (although that is pretty subjective).

Thoughts on such a collection? Should they all be raw, slabbed, little of either? If all slabbed, all with the same TPG?

Thanks for entertaining my thoughts,
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I'm going to have to make a comment here a little bit later, I'm busy right now
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Look forward to hearing you expert opinion, sir.
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Why not? I collect images of coins like this for my photograde.

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Collecting can be very personal. Of course when I started back in 1970 my interest was varieties.
Not having a lot of money as a young child, I was forced to go with the lower denominations 1st.
My specialty is Flying Eagle Cents, & Indian Head Cents.… Although my favorite coin, or I should say favorite coin 'Design' is the Standing Liberty Quarter, also known as the SLQ.

Unfortunately in today's greedy world there is an overabundance of individuals purchasing and reselling coins at breakneck speed.
I have found out in my dealings with thousands of people, everyone is an expert! … :s

Keep in mind, "coin collecting" was once considered a hobby by most…… with the very few elite individuals that possess large amounts of capital, that were/are able to make a profit within the business.
… Of course, in today's world, it's all about "Making Money"……….Unfortunately

I would recommend, that if you are just starting out, you give yourself a 'Fixed Budget' to start with. For example, how much are you willing to invest each month. The next thing that I would do, is to log onto 1 of the TPG websites, become familiar with prices, and select a coin design that appeals to you most.… Because if you don't like what your collecting, you'll never be any good at it!

THIS IS NOT A CHEAP ..... HOBBY/ADDICTION/INVESTMENT !!!

Of course, you will need to purchase the tools of the trade, obtain a great deal of literature, do a lot of reading and memorization, & stay current of the issues within the numismatic community.

I hope this helps as a start…
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Chris,

That is a great idea and would be a small manageable set to collect. I'm currently reading Q. David Bowers "A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents" and in it he talks about finding the right grade that fits into your budget. A good adaptation of that advice would be to find a good year to invest in for all grades that fits into your budget. Find the ballpark total of the entire set from posted coin prices and zero-in on a year to collect. Imagine trying to do a grade set like that of 1909S VDBs Lincoln cents!!! That would break the bank, well my bank at least. Find a year that has a decent strike quality and I'd go for the higher grades first, because they won't get cheaper as time goes on. Once you're over the hump of obtaining the higher grades, the lower grades should be easier to locate. I think it's a cool idea!

Good luck!
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Good advice above!

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Daniel wrote: Fri Feb 21, 2020 6:51 am Why not? I collect images of coins like this for my photograde.
Daniel,

I've been doing the same since hearing you mentioned it in one of your videos. Here's my Jefferson Nickel photos (from HA). I don't like the lighting that is used in the PCGS Photograde, as it isn't consistent across all grade examples.
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I agree. I like your chart. Would be nice to use these like they are, then hover over the image and it pops up larger.

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Daniel wrote: Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:54 am I agree. I like your chart. Would be nice to use these like they are, then hover over the image and it pops up larger.
That's a screenshot of the files in my Jefferson Nickels grading images folder. Each one is a high-resolution JPG file the I cropped, and edited from the HA site (only for personal use). I tried to pick coin images that were lit the same as some of the coin images on HA are lit from above the portrait and others from below the portrait and not consistent. I also grabbed several examples of each grade to average it out since one coin example can't really represent a grade.

I open them up in an image browser and flip through to zero in on a grade that looks like my coin, similar concept to PCGS Photograde, then double check it against the description in the ANA grading standards book. That would be a good idea to be able to hover over the grade you're looking for to make comparisons. Good idea!

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