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04 Mar 2020

Chronicles of a Numismatist: Passion to Finish

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I started my collection of Mint State IKEs back in 2014 and I am officially through as of February 2020. Why so long? Well, because I was building the type set in a +Grade designation from PCGS. The 71-S is 66+ and the 72-S - 76-S are all 67+ Graded. The length of time took from 2015-2020 because I had to wait for the 73-S+ Graded PCGS coin to come up for sale... the wait was definitely worth it.I thought of stopping the set at least 1-2x a year, if not more.The coin couldn’t just be any coin and I didn’t want to offset the collection by purchasing a 68 Grade IKE.I think looking back, and trust me easier now that I completed the type set, I might had waited for many more years. The fact that it was found and I was able to complete the set, I can sit back and look at them all on the table together with a huge sense of relief and fulfillment.

What I learned? Define your objective, understand the key date and semi keys, and don’t just purchase because you are tired of waiting or trying to fill the gap, and stick with the plan to finish.It certainly helps to take photos of what you have, or at least your favorites; this is something I did not do with the Ikes and honestly would have helped. Because it gives you something to look at on your phone or on the computer when you aren’t around your collection and it rejuvenates your goal(s) and helps you stay on track. Especially the Trueview by PCGS because then you have a great obverse and reverse photo to review and study your coin (s).Anything that can help, because honestly sometimes the Numismatic gods are going to test your stamina and if you understand that this is a ultra ultra marathon and nowhere near a sprint you will do just fine with your collection.

Comments

I believe every collector has at least one set they're working on, no matter how long it takes to complete. It's what keeps you going and searching for something better. An impressive set of Ike's are harder than it sounds because so many were mundane strikes or mishandled by the mint. Good wow factor.

user_14581

Level 3

Thank You very much. I can’t wait to send off the toned proof IKEs next and then add to this set.

Long Beard

Level 5

Impressive! I have them all, just still in their mint sets/proof sets. I had thought of going for the series in MS and PF 67, the year I was born. Maybe now is the time?

user_14581

Level 3

Do IT! Oh you should. It makes the collecting even that tid bit more enjoyable. I collect coins in my Birth year and My fiancé’s and there is no chance I would get rid of them regardless the price because it means so much to me.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Great set. It seems like the Ikes are getting more popular. I can remember as a child getting these from the bank and sometimes from relatives that new I was a collector. Most of them are long gone now. It's great that you have a defined collecting interest. That doesn't usually work for me.

user_14581

Level 3

Thank You very much. Are you more of a all around collector as opposed to a defined series?

"SUN"

Level 6

Good words of wisdom. Congratulations, taking your time is very rewarding in the end.

user_14581

Level 3

Thank You very much. It is rewarding but wheeew the grind and waiting is sometimes worse than fishing.

Golfer

Level 5

Congratulations on a fantastic set of coins. I need to start a set. Thanks for posting.

user_14581

Level 3

You are welcome. And thank you for the kind words. I would imagine you have either a type set of something or close to a type set already in your collection.

Longstrider

Level 6

Never give up. That is my coin collecting motto. It can be a long slow road to get what you want. Once you attain it, it was all worth it. Beautiful set. Thanks

user_14581

Level 3

Thank You very much. It is funny how the list of sets to build keeps getting longer and longer. You would think that it would be one at a time, but I keep coming up with new ideas and then place it on the list of obtainable possibilities.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Patience is absolutely the key in putting together a special set. Mike B can definitely attest to that. Congratulations, and what are you going to focus on next? Because to a true Numismatist, there is always a next.

user_14581

Level 3

Thank You. Whew that is a question. Well, I would like to finish my raw set of Lincoln cents from 1909-1999. I was able to recently pick up an ‘84 DDR, ‘09 VDB, and ‘72 DDO (the main one) and have placed them in the set. I need still 34 coins or so and the big ones too. The ‘09 SVDB and ‘55 DD will be slabbed (probably the ‘14 and 32 S too). So this is going to take a second. I am in year 2 already and have come a long way fast. I am interestingly enough too, building a set of error Lincoln Cents and that was by accident. I still have a cent to submit for grading and then I will post what I have so far. This is my most current set I am putting together.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Congratulations on finishing your set! Persistence does pay off in the end. I had done a complete set of business strike Ike Dollars some years ago. My goal was to get the best coins I could afford and I finished it in short order. Certainly, something, as defined as a "67+" set, would be much more difficult. However, I do have a set of Dutch gold coins that I wanted grading MS-65 or better and at one time thought to get the highest graded coins out there. That proved to be too much but the MS-65 goal was doable and it took me seven years to complete a MS-65 or better 11 coin set of Netherlands Wilhelmina I 10 Gulden coins. My sense of accomplishment over completing this set was much like yours.

user_14581

Level 3

I seriously need to research that series. Wow, 7 years? Incredible. Did you have to exhaust all your resources (i.e., coins shows, dealers , auctions, internet)? Why did you choose that particular series to build a set?

Mike

Level 7

I have seen these somewhere before. I like ike's also but there so underadied. . I do have the collection I have them in Dansxo and slabed. We collect what we like

user_14581

Level 3

Yes we do, don’t we? I have seen the Dansco albums, how do you like them? I have something similar to one and very much appreciate it more than the old Whitman folders. I have a Lincoln Cent collection I am building raw, only 34 coins away... and you guessed it “the big dogs” of the series.

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