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What do you collect, really?

Often times I'm asked the innocent question of "what do you collect". My stock answer is always U.S. Large Cents and Indian Head cents.


The problem is, when I think about it, that I hardly every purchase these any more. Several years ago I had gotten to the point where my Indian Head collection was complete and the Large Cents I needed were, shall we say, pricey. Being a collector of limited means I looked to find other places to spend my collecting money.  I just love collecting large copper coins, thus the Large Cent collection,  and initially thru searches on ebay found the world of opportunities available in world coins.


Over the last couple of years I have built a relatively nice collection of world coins and it has completely re-invigorated the hobby to me.  Pictured is one of my favorite recent acquisitions. It is an Angola 1814 Macuta NGC MS62. I picked it up for less than $100. An equivalent US Large Cent would be an easy 6 figure coin.


My point is, I have grown to love collecting world coins. The correct answer to the above question should be, large copper world coins, especially from South America and Eastern Europe.


I was just curious if anybody else feels the same way about there collection and collecting habits.

7 years ago

My coin collection is a U.S type set (still working on that), but to be honest I have a love for Canadian coins and currency. When I'm asked, i usually just say that I collect "Whatever comes my way" or something of the like. Maybe I should raise my eyebrows for dramatic effect while saying that. Hmmm...

Anyway, I get what you're saying. In my opinion, you should never put a lid on what and what not to collect. If it appeals to you, go ahead! If not, well, you can always give them to me. :)

7 years ago

I really like the large cents but I can get even larger copper and bronze coins from around the world - they can be really nice and rich in history. Exhibit 1 - a coin from the French Revolution. These were struck on steam driven presses that started the Industrial Revolution by Matthew Boulton and James Watt. You can see a lot more from this period at my Moneta Coin Gallery Museum (FRANCE)


7 years ago

Juno, nice coin and nice link. I recently purchased a 1792D 12 Deniers graded NGC MS61. I am hoping to build a site similar to yours so I can display my collection to more people. Thank you for sharing.

7 years ago

I really like that Louis XVI, nice photography; that was an historical era that changed Europe forever. I appreciate the ANA features, I think your interests will get a lot of exposure here too. You are invited to join the Moneta Museum. As you add photos to the categories it builds your own personal album and link to share. Hope to see you there!

7 years ago

I collect brazilian coins. The copper ones are the most difficult to find in MS condition.

7 years ago

I collect Maria Theresa thalers, Originals and restrikes, and  coins associated with the Maria Theresa Thaler. As others have commented, regarding their collecting focus, finding High grade examples is very hard, often the best available  is VF-XF.    It may seem a weird coin to collect but the associated coins are  often hard to find and expensive to obtain.    

7 years ago
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