With all of the US Coins out there, it’s not always easy to decide what you want to collect. I wrote this post in hope of helping you decide what you want to collect.
Back in 2000, when trying to think of something to collect, I decided to put together an Uncirculated War Nickels collection. War Nickels were Jefferson Nickels that were minted between 1942 and 1945. They were made of 35% silver and they had larger than normal mint marks above Monticello on the reverse. By 2001, I had 9 out of the 11 nickels slabbed by NGC. Unfortunately, I was laid off from my job that year and stopped collecting for 13 years. Earlier this year, I went through what I had and noticed I was missing the 1942-S and 1945-P. Needless to say, I got both of them to complete the set. They are all MS-67 except for the 1945-P which is MS-66. I finished it, but may try to improve it by getting an MS-67 1945-P and the only silver proof, 1942-P.
This is to show that you I didn’t have to collect a complete Jefferson Nickels collection. Instead I thought of doing a short set of Jeffersons and chose the condition and composition of the coins as well.
I built an app called the Collection Suggestion. This will go through 4 categories, Level, Number of Coins, Conditions and Composition. You select one of the options under each category and a pop up will appear with up to 5 suggestions for you. Right now, there are mostly 20th century coins included. There are a few 19th century coins like Indian Cents and Barber Coins, and hope to add more later.
- Level – Do you want to work on an easy collection, or something more challenging?
- Number of Coins – Maybe you want to do a short set under 50 coins, or a big collection like Lincoln cents.
- Condition – You want to collect circulated coins like you find in pocket change, or maybe coins that were only released from the US mint, like uncirculated and proof coins.
- Composition – You can select from Silver, Clad or Silver and Clad compositions. I haven’t included gold yet.
Give Collection Selection a Shot
It’s free and easy to use.
Click here to get more information. You can also go to the Collection Selection Page under Research.
Click here to try out the Collection Selection App.
Let me know what you think of it.