Conan Barbarian's Blog

09 Jul 2017

complete collection?

Coins-United States | Conan Barbarian

i was wondering what are the criteria for a complete collection. lets just say a complete wheat penny collection, you have all the dates and mints 1909 VDB, everything. but what about the wheat proofs are those needed to be considered a complete collection like there is the 1936 wheat cent from the Philadelphia mint there is both an MS and a PF and besides for the type of strike they are the same. i think you know what i am getting at but back to my original question: are proofs needed to complete a collection if that mint came out with a regular strike that year?



Level 2

I have a clad quarter from 1974 the reverse is clad but the obverse is copper ond not clad any thoughts as to value?


Level 6

I feel like most everybody else here. A collection is what you say it is. Try going to NGC and PCGS. They have "Registry Sets", I believe they are called. Sets from members. You are a NGC member because you are in the ANA. Anyway you can see what they think a "set"is. You will see some fantastic coins too. Also don't forget to look at the Low Ball sets. These are old well worn coins. Fun!


Level 4

it all comes down to your own personal preference & how far want to take it & how much you can afford to take it


Level 5

Like the others said, it's an individual choice. Some collectors don't consider it complete without having all of the varieties, others are happy with one from each year. That's one of the things that makes this hobby great. Collect they way you want.

Good question! I agree with the others, it just depends on what the collector considers to be "complete".


Level 5

Another thought I had about what is in "complete." This year there will be Enhanced Uncirculated S-mint coins. Are my cent, nickel, dime, quarter, half-dollar and dollars sets "complete" without this special coin?

Would be a good question to ask Louis Eliasberg. he formed the only U.S. collection which haas considered 'complete' until his death.


Level 6

Depends on the collector. Some want 1 of each date. Some want 1 of each date & mintmark. Others want all issues including proofs. And then there are varieties, like double dies. A Lincoln set 1909-date, 1 of each date & mintmark, is quite an accomplishment.


Level 5

My three thoughts on the "complete" set are as follows. 1.) A complete set is filling the holes in a Whitman album or folder (or other producers of albums or folders. You fill all the holes that set is complete. 2.) The "greysheet" lists prices for "complete" sets so in that is another definition. They also list "complete set less......" for sets without some commonly missing keydates. 3.) the definition used for differences between "type,"" variety" and "error" becomes important. Is a set of V nickels complete without a 1913? Are double die ever needed in a complete set? Some folder have a hole for some of them. What about the Wisconsin quarter high and low leaf? Conclusion for me is that the definition of "complete set" is up to the collector.


Level 7

There are different sets. There are sets that are P&D. Then sets with PD&S. Then there are sets that are P,D,S And S Proofs. Those are basically silver. The book you buy for you set will tell you on the cover Lincoln Cents 1909 P&D. Then there are covers that say P&D with proofs. So it's up to you what set you want to put together. Mike

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