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15 Dec 2016

New spin on type collecting

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Type collectors search for one coin of each design type. A 20th century type set is popular and not that difficult to complete. A set going back to the 19th century is more challenging--and more fun--and then there is the deluxe type set, going all the way back to 1793.
A new way of type collecting can include the third side of the coin, the edge. A set of coins with different edge devices can include the early federal coinage, with their lettered edges. Half cents, large cents, half dollars and dollars had their denominations on the edge. Copper specialists are familiar with the vine and bars edge and the gripped edge. Gold coins of the early 20th century bore stars on the edge, one star for each state. Edge devices continue to this day. Native American dollars have the date and mintmark on the edge.
How about a type set of different proofs? Everyone, even some non-collectors, know of the brilliant proofs. A modern innovation is the reverse proof. Early Lincoln cents and Buffalo nickels were struck in matte proof. Some 1936 Buffalo nickels were satin proofs. And for something really rare, and expensive, try a beautiful gold coin in sandblast proof. These coins look like fine pieces of sculpture, meant to be treasured.
Type sets of edge devices and proof strikings are meaningful and worth considering.



Level 5

Thanks for a different view point on collecting.


Level 5

I never thought of that!

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

that is very interesting i never thought of focusing a collection on those types of coins


Level 5

I spent 4 years putting together a U.S. Major Type Set (Dansco 7070). It was one of my best collecting experiences. I did it kind of differently that most collectors. My type set has coins in various conditions. There are uncirculated and circulated coins, one is counter-stamped, some are proofs, some are toned, one is cleaned, one has had the edge shaved. I use this album now to show tell people about coin collecting.


Level 7

Thanks for the information. I collect conder tokens. All of mine are copper and from the 18 the century. Many of them have edge writing and the details are remarkable. The talent these people had is unbelievable. Thanks again I look forward to them. Most of the time I always pick something up and write it down. Take care. Mike. Oh I forgot some are made of bronze and fewer in silver. Sorry.

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