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I have always found there’s nothing better than to have an explicit and focused collecting aim. This motivates me to keep going and making regular investments.
I have found setting a goal of a particular ‘Type Set’ a great method to expand my collection and I’m wondering if anyone would like to share examples of a type set they have collected?
The best thing of collecting coins by type, is the flexibility of the goal you set yourself, and a great way to learn about the coinage you collect, and historical and geographical context.
Having recently (almost!) completed a 10 year Maundy ‘Type Set’ featuring a first year issue of each Monarch since 1817 (see photos below), I am in the midst of a similar Type Set, this time Sovereigns from 1817- 18 Sovereigns in all 😃
1817 through 1887 all Sovereigns.
1902 to present day, all proof and (I've added the 1974 Bu as it was the first year Machin) except where there wasn’t Proof opportunity- like the 1957- (I don’t think a 1953 Proof is realistic 😂).
The list is below- Its the first year of issue for each Monarch....and the changes in portrait- for example 1821 Laurette Head George IV & 1825 Bare Head George IV. I have made a good start having collected 3 of the difficult to source early three kings already- 1817, 1821, 1825- the 1831 William IV and 1838 Victoria remain an outstanding challenge.
I have all the 20th Century difficult and expensive proofs already- 1902, 1911 & 1937- and most of the modern- just need a 2015 Jody Clark and 2016 Timothy Noad- I have sourced a 1979 to replace the 1980 in the list and I will swap out the nice 1987 Maklouf I have, for a 1985 when the opportunity arises.
Anyone here want to share their favourite ‘type set’.
Maundy Type Set:
Just sharing my experience. I bought pre47 British coins, different years and denominations and my kids are really interested in them-learning history, weighing them to calculate the silver content and intrinsic value, and just exploring them for oddities
i think is an excellent way to learn something more and introduce them to numismatics (if that is the goal of course)
I have only 1920-1947 (50%), but now they ask me to get pre-1919 and older