What Coin Series Are You Collecting?

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  1. Forgottenmemorie

    Forgottenmemorie New Member

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    Hi All,

    As the title says: What Coin Series Are You Collecting?

    I'm currently collecting the Lunar series 2.
    However I'm thinking about diversifying.

    1. What are you collecting?
    2. How long have you been collecting them?
     
  2. Ipv6Ready

    Ipv6Ready Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Surely you are collecting the beast series (presuming you are in U.K.)
     
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    Royal mint are notorious for milk spotting, which is the reason I'm staying away.

    What you collecting?
     
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    Bosse68 Active Member Silver Stacker

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    I am collecting silver and gold pandas since 2014
     
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    Whatever catches my eye at the time ☺ I suppose that doesn't answer the question fully.... but I like 2oz high relief, PM lunars, kooks, pandas, and the Queens Beasties.

    I still get some random coins that strike me, but I buy the above list regularly.
     
  7. Jislizard

    Jislizard Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    I no longer collect sets, for several reasons

    1, I don't like every design in a series but as I was collecting the series I 'had' to buy the ugly coin to keep the set going.
    2, Unless you get them at issue price you will get gouged on the secondary market trying to fill gaps from earlier releases
    3, You are at the mercy of the mint, if they want to release multiple mintmarked versions of the coins for example, you have to buy them to have a 'complete' set
    4, Series like the Lunars have started to show quality issues such as milk spotting, damaging the reputation of the earlier coins in the series and potentially putting off current collectors and future collectors from the series.
    5, I never look at the series anyway, the ones that are ongoing are difficult to display as you need to leave space for the following coins. The series that are completed tend to get put away and I never see them again unless I am looking for something else.
    6, Series like the Kookaburras were hit when the Perth Mint re issued them and made them available far cheaper than the secondary market and collectors were selling them for. They could still reissue the Kilo coins if there was interest
    7, they are hard to invest in, you pay extra money to complete the sets when most of the money is on one or two key coins in the sets, when you go to sell you have to sell them as a complete set which limits your market to people who want the coins and haven't bought any of them, most collectors are usually after one or two coins to complete their own sets and don't want to pay for the extras.

    As an investment: So really, it costs more money to collect a certain coin rather than just buying the cheapest coin available at the time. There is no guarantee that the coin will rise in value and even if it does, there is no guarantee that the Mint won't do something to screw it up (either by reminting, issuing multiple privies or quality issues). When you go to sell, the coins will be in worse condition than when you bought them, toning, milkspots, scuff on the capsules etc. and you have a limited market. You would be better off buying a roll of the key coins (Dragon, tiger) in the year of issue and just sitting on them for a while

    As a challenge: There is no real challenge to completing a set, you just need money (once for a laugh, it was a slow weekend many years ago, I went on eBay to see if I could buy one of every RAM Mint set, of course you would be able to put together a complete set and have it delivered for around $2000+ ish, haven't tried it for a while but all the sets were available at the time for Buy-it-now prices and this included the postage, you could probably have gotten it cheaper if you put a bid on the active auctions and didn't mind waiting until they all finished). Most coins are available for a price.

    For the satisfaction: There is not much pleasure in owning a complete set, the satisfaction of putting the last coin into place doesn't last long and once that is over you have to look around for the next set because just owning a set only keeps you excited for a little while. It is fun building a set but once the set is complete you might as well sell it off and start another one.

    I had a few sets I was collecting;

    The RAM 1oz Kangaroos, I was buying the 1990s Roos for around $35 to $50 and slowly getting towards the modern ones when they started slapping an $80 price tag on the new releases, dropped them quickly but I still buy the 1993s when they come up as they are a nice design and usually around $40 each.

    The Perth Mint Lunars, I was buying a roll of each new design on release but then the Mint started putting on limits to the number you could buy directly from the mint, so I had to go to the secondary market and then Mint realised that they no longer needed the limits so they removed them again. The Perth Mint website kept crashing so I kept missing out on limited releases (I was going for the 2012 Lunar Dragons) and they were so limited that they were on eBay the next day for 3x the issue price. They released a privy that I had to go to Germany to buy initially, then they decided to sell them in Australia anyway. Then they started developing milk spots. All in all I am not sure how they maintain their reputation for good quality issues.

    The Perth Mint Kookaburras, I was putting together a set but most were in the $80-$90 so I didn't get them. Then they released a load of reminted coins for $35 and I filled a lot of the gaps but gave up on the rest of the series.

    Perth Mint Koalas, I was putting together a set as they were cheap and I would just buy one each year when I was putting in another order, then the koalas all started looking really odd or ugly so I stopped buying them.

    I was collecting the Canadian $20 for $20 series but got ripped off on eBay on a pre order so fell behind and haven't caught up and now the series is cancelled anyway.

    I was collecting the Royal Mint £20 for £20 as I had a bank account in the UK so I could just swap £20 in legal tender for £20 in specie. But then the Royal Mint decided that banks no longer had to accept the coins at face value, so what was the point? Gave up on those. As predicted the money grabbers went for £50 for £50 and the £100 for £100s etc. I got one £50 because I liked the design but I passed on all the others.

    Perth Mint now just sells coins on hype and the hopes of flipping them quickly for $$$. I am not an active trader so I never get around to selling them before the hype dies down.

    I still pick up Perth Mint coins to give as gifts but I no longer try for sets and if a better looking coin becomes available I give them out as gifts instead.

    I have mostly switched to silver bars for investment, gold coins for collecting (World circulating currency, not commemoratives or .999 Mint products), world circulating silver coins for fun and the occasional mint product as a gift. Not being tied to any specific set is a relief, I know several $1 dollar collectors who are waiting for The Queen to retire so they can stop collecting the coins, the RAM is churning out so many coins in the $1 series that it is hard and expensive to maintain a complete set, most collectors are happy to say they have a complete set of QE2 $1 coins but after that they are quitting.
     
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    below are silver I still collect, just a few of each. These days I buy unallocated gold only, even if I was to start buying silver again it would be unallocated.

    I look at metals as a small investment, and prefer not to deal with the premiums based on popularity of the series and milk spots. Just like I don't frame my shares and bonds certificates :)


    Perth Mint
    Wedge Tail Eagles
    Lunar S2

    Royal Mint
    Beast Series

    Satosan Metals
    Tsurukame
    Tsukiakari
     
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    Royal Mint UK Queen's Beasts Silver 2oz rounds. Just did a deal on a few Welsh Dragon's
    Privateer UHR 2oz Silver rounds. Can't wait to get my hands on the 6th coin in the series 'The White Whale'
    Silver Pandas 1oz/30g rounds. A tray every year from now on if I can swing it.
    Hoping to get into the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse series 1oz rounds


    Been collecting silver for about a year.
     
  10. Coins A-Z

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    I currently am collecting several sets. My biggest silver set and investment that won't be complete until 2021 is the US Mint's America The Beautiful 5 oz silver Uncirculated coins.

    For the latest release, you can see my video here:
     
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    robertc400 Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    I too really like the 2oz uhr privateer series. Nice looking coins in the flesh. I dont mind the 2oz uhr US landmark series either. The statue of liberty coins looks amazing.
     
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    At the beginning, I started with whatever I like or saw. Bad. Had no idea that there are a limitless number of coins are out there.
    Then I make a rule for myself.

    I collect PM lunar, series 2 (series 1 is too expensive now) from 1/2oz to 10oz. Specially love the 2ozers.
    Series where they change the design every year. So, WTE, Koala, Kook etc. But not Mapple, ASE or Britannia (although I have few of these for reference, not collecting for all year).

    I love numismatic. High reliefs. Lunar 3 coin sets and some other PM numismatics.

    And the Legend of Asgard series from Choice mint.
     
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    Not really a series but I do the same.

    For the 2012 Dragon release I bought one of every size I could get my hands on, including the proofs, high relief and numerous coloured and show coins. They do make quite a show but as I didn't buy the gemstone coloured kilos or the proof kilos or the proof 3 coin sets I am guessing that they will never be complete (and of course the 10kg was not even considered)
     
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    I collect the Perth Mint Lunar coins but only the year typeset of my children's zodiac sign in both gold and silver.

    I also collected a world bullion set of silver coins for their birth years.

    To finish of I also collected a lunar privy set of coins for their birth years.
     
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    From the Perth mint Kooks and Koalas but I never really wanted the set as such, just started buying some each year starting with the kook in 2001 and the Koala in 2007 - have never paid more than whatever they were when they first came out (ie a very small premium) and have no interest in getting the Kooks from 2000 and earlier that I don't have.

    The only series I actually had an aim to get all of them was Canadian wildlife. Started buying them as soon as the series first came out.. they look nice and I've been really lucky with no milk spots so far.

    As a rule I much prefer good ol 10Oz Perth mint bars to coins. No emotional attachment.

    Edit to add: What's with this new format of the website? My trades have disappeared and been replaced with facebookish 'likes' and 'trophies' Meh!
     
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    2014 & 2015 NTR buffalos
    dunno why !
    :)
     
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    I collect Mauquoy Big Five 5oz Silver Coins. ( total 5 coins )

    No.1 2016 Lion

    No.2 2017 Elephant

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    I'm assuming that this is a typo as I'm not aware of a Lunar 3 set that's out.


    Anyone here amassing a set of the 10 kilo gold Lunar 2's? ;)
     
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    I meant Lunar 3-coin sets. 1oz 2oz and 1/2oz proofs in a single box. Series 2. Mintage ia 1000.
     
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    I'm collecting various series from various mints. I am a big fan of high relief so if a mint is producing a good quality high relief, it's going to be on my radar.




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