Tis the season! While thinking of gifts to give, coin related or not, why not get something special for yourself?
Some years ago I spotted a dealer's offering of 50 different Barber quarters for a reasonable price. I ordered it and saw this was a nice group. And it was not the 50 most common dates/mintmarks either. Each coin was "average circulated" as they say, but nothing really worn badly. I don't think any one even could be called "about good."
This group formed the basis of a Barber quarter set. Challenging to be sure. Not the most popular set. There were three big S mint coins to find. I felt reasonably sure I would never own a 1901-S but the 1896-S and 1913-S were possibilities.
Studying each coin, using my trusty Red Book, checking reference books, led to a new interest in Barber coins. This was a few years before the Bowers series of books came out.
No, I never did complete the set. Two short. But this gift to myself brought many hours of enjoyment.