Hello- I am a fairly new collector, and beyond the basic "collect everything" new guy mentality, I have been working on a 19th century type set. But, I am interested in military history which led me to start planning a collection of WWII era coins. Probably a realistic goal is trying to collect a type set of coins from every country that was involved in WWII (although maybe not some of the small countries that jumped in at the very end). After studying a time-line of the war, this could be a very big challenge. I have a list of 40 countries and am sure I have missed a few. Certainly some will be very difficult or too expensive, but I want to collect what ever I can. Originally I wanted to include (if possible) all coins minted during the war years, but I probably better stick with a type set of ware era coins first. I am asking for any advice and especially from someone else who has this sort of a collection. Thanks- (yes- my first blog on ANA)
Recently I have been looking around at the Canadian mint and other world mints. I noticed that the Canadian mint had hundreds of different coins, many colorized. Many of them were under $100 dollars, which isn't cheap, but also, not super, super expensive. I was wondering why the US mint didn't release close to as many different coins as the Canadian mint. I decided to look at other world mints to see the spread of their coinage. First, I paid the Perth mint a visit. I found a wide array of coins. Many of them colorful. Personally, I like both colored and uncolored coins, and think the US mint should release both. I also visited the Australian mint (online), and noticed quite a large amount of designs. These are just two other mints I looked at, and I would like to hear your opinion on the matter. I hope the US mint starts ramping up the amount of designs it makes this coming few years.