About this set: How to put together an undervalued set with a limited population and still be able to assemble a complete set of CBD. The stats show a CBD set is demanding; alot more challenging than the coin values report. A study of the mintage during 1809 to 1837 shows the US Mint minted about 11.2 million CBD. Only 5,300 of those are PCGS slabbed, with 550 examples that are mint state from the large variety & 1,200 examples that are mint state from the reduced size variety type. That's pretty slim pickings!
My collecting goals are to assemble an eye appealing original set. I use a scale to evaluate for originality, eye appeal, strike, surface quality and toning. Each coin is rated from 1 to 10 in each of the 5 categories. This guide establishes my purchasing objectives. I have passed on all coins that didn't meet at least a 25 point grade. Using the previous mentioned grading standards acquisitions were made, but finding quality examples for each variety are very tough. The search for the best coin lead to passing on higher graded coins for lower graded coins as my goal is to acquire only original examples that have attractive toning, better eye appeal, stronger strike and high surface quality. For example, I passed on several 1809 dimes in higher grades that failed my criteria, to acquire an AU for the collection. After a 5 year search to find a 1822(passing on several examples) I finally purchased an AU example which met the collection standards. The 1814 statesof was an extremely challenging example to find an original example. In many cases, there aren't that many examples to choose from but patience prevailed in assembling a collection with a certain standard.
The provenances of these dimes were interesting to research as well. I believe many AU and better examples have lost its provenances due to slabbing, I believe many AU58s never circulated and were apart of famous collections. Many mint state coins are graded AU58 to reflect very slight cabinet friction from its long term storage. This registry set contains AU or lower mint state PCGS grade examples as I feel a higher graded coin isn't the best example for this set or just not available.
All collections have personal favorites which are 1822, 1809 and the 1821 large date. My 1821 is the finest example or the Rock Star of CBD IMHO. The 1824/2 was the toughest date to find. Building a great collection requires alot of time, research and numismatic knowledge. I am grateful to those individuals that have assisted me with this quest by provided knowledge about this series and with the selection of many coins. Thank you Russ Augustin, Rich Ulrich, Todd Imhof, Frank Van Valen, John Agre and Dave Wnuck. Lastly, I thank my dear friend Hal and my son David for helping me keep my sense through this journey. This quest continues...
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