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~*~*~ My PCGS/NGC "Eclectic Box of 20" collection ~*~*~

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In 2013, I decided to pare down my collections and simplify to just a single "Box of 20" for everything, hopefully to focus more on quality than quantity. Still, pursuing quality is an ongoing challenge on my budget.


The idea is a freestyle "Box of 20" collection with no parameters or restrictions except that the coins must be certified and the collection is limited to twenty pieces. When one comes in, another must go out. Otherwise, anything goes. In a way, I have narrowed my focus by limiting myself to just twenty slabbed pieces, but on the other hand, I've opened up my horizons to pursue whatever catches my fancy, be it ancient, medieval, modern, or even some tokens and medals. It sort of feels liberating to be freed of the constraints of collecting "sets". Now I can collect what I like and not be a slave to any predetermined "structure". But as the coins get nicer, I suspect it will become more and more difficult sentimentally for me to stick to the "one in, one out" rule.





(Links lead to individual coin discussion threads Across The Street)


Ancient Greece (Thessaly), silver "Rhodian Mercenaries" drachm struck by King Perseus of Macedon, ca. 175-170 BC






Ancient Rome (Imperial): silver denarius of Tiberius, ca. 14-37 AD: the biblical "Tribute Penny"






Ancient Rome (Imperial): silver denarius of Otho, ca. January-April, 69 AD






Ancient Byzantine Empire: gold tremissis of Justinian I, ca. 527-565 AD






England (Anglo-Saxon): silver penny of Aethelred II (978-1016 AD), struck ca. 997-1003 AD






England: silver Short Cross penny of King John (1199-1216), struck in the name of Henry II, ca. 1205-1207






Italy (Venice): silver grosso of Antonio Venier, ca. 1382-1400






Netherlands (Gelderland): "St. John" type gold gulden (florin) of Arnold van Egmond, ca. 1423-1472






Great Britain, silver "South Sea Company" shilling of George I, 1723






Great Britain: gilt copper proof halfpenny of George III, Soho Mint, 1806






USA: gold Liberty half-eagle, 1842-D small date






USA (Syracuse, NY): brass merchant token, A.C. Yates Clothing Emporium, ca. 1850s






USA: bronze Civil War token, "Our Little Monitor", 1863






German States (Hesse-Darmstadt): silver kreuzer, 1866






Japan (Meiji Era): gold Nibu-Kin (2 bu), ca. 1868-1869






France: gold 20-francs "Angel", 1877-A






USA: copper-nickel three-cent piece, 1880 proof






Great Britain: gold half-sovereign of Queen Victoria, 1901, ex-Terner Collection






German States (Saxony): silver 3 mark proof, Battle of Leipzig centennial commemorative, 1913-E






USA: silver Pilgrim Tercentenary commemorative half dollar, 1920








In the very unlikely event that anyone is interested enough in the evolution of this collection from its humble beginnings, there are links to its archived past incarnations in the second post down on this thread Across The Street.

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