A Review of the Year: purchases, sales, and goals.
*Top 15 Most Wanted List:
As in 2006, I was able to acquire only 3 coins on the list; however, in 2007, they were higher ranking coins (#1-2-4).
The other difference is that I purchased #1 twice! I found the final coin needed to complete my Barber Quarter set (1900-S, MS-62) in January, and was lucky enough to spot a nice upgrade (MS-64) in October.
I noticed a continuation of quality issues throughout the year. I rejected over 60% of coins that I considered for purchase.
*Total purchases for the year were in the following catagories:
-Seated H-Dimes- 18.2%
-Buffalo Nickels- 15.6% (Mostly upgrades)
-Barber Quarters- 7.8% (Mostly upgrades)
-W.L. Halves- 7.8% (Mostly upgrades)
-Peace Dollars- 7.8%
-Morgan Dollars- 7.8% (Mostly upgrades)
-Seated Dimes- 6.5%
-Half Cents- 5.2%
*Primary areas of collecting interest:
So, 53.3% of my purchases were within my areas of greatest interest. A large portion of the other 46.7% of my purchases were "targets of opportunity"- nice coins at the right price. Imagine what my acquisitions might have been if I didn't have my list of 15 to give me some guidance!
*Sales and Trades:
I sold my last large grouping of coins, this year. I eliminated most of my remaining Mercury Dimes and Washington Quarters, except for the few keys and semi-keys listed in my registry set; plus a few proof coins. My Franklin Halves have dwindled to one proof and 2 MS coins.
The remaining sales consisted of duplicates and upgraded coins from a number of other series (with the exception of multiple key dates).
This is all a part of my on-going goal and effort to sculpt my "IDEAL" collection. i feel that I'm getting closer, but the target continues to move. As always, THE CHALLENGE IS FUN!!!
Happy collecting and good health to all, in 2008!