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    Currently collecting the silver Britannia series, silver proof Queen's Beasts, and dabbling in some Commonwealth Country coinage when I see something I like.

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  1. I bought these earlier this year, partly because I loved the design and partly because with the new "technique" the RCM developed to avoid milk spots I wasn't as weary to buy their silver coins, but I haven't seen much about these in this or other coin forums. I also, unless I'm not looking properly, haven't seen these on eBay or coin sites. So, any love for the Great White North Coins this year? Are these just not what forum members are usually interested in? The first coin pictured is a special design of the typical bullion Canadian Maple Leaf coin with a big "30" hugging the traditional Maple Leaf Design. Canada did a similar design on the 25th anniversary in 2013, but I didn't purchase that coin. There isn't anything remarkable about this coin, but I like the way the anniversary number looks around the maple leaf, the privy mark serves a purpose (it is for anti-counterfeit measures) so it doesn't bother me, and the fine radial background on obverse and reverse is appealing IMHO. According to the NGC website there are 126 coins of this type graded MS 70 across the label pedigrees (early release, first release, and standard). Mintage of 250,000 according to the websites I've seen. The second is an incuse design reverse proof Maple Leaf coin. This is an odd coin for the RCM to produce. I would love more info on this if others have it. What I know is it has a mintage of 6,500, and according to the NGC census almost 3000 have been graded by them and 93% of them have been PF 70. I don't think this coin is a part of a series, but not sure, and it seems the FDOI (first day of issue) pedigree is the one to have, but there are 1,000 of those kicking around in PF 70 with NGC holders according to the census data. I like this coin better than the first one because of the simplicity and contrast of the reverse proof as well as the edge lettering. These coins also bring up the question of rarity. The first, has hundreds of thousands minted, but just over a hundred in the top grade, while the latter has a low mintage for a coin, especially a commemorative proof, and yet the majority of them are "perfect". So one is a conditional rarity and one is a mintage rarity, but which one is more desirable???
  2. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    Do you get them graded or raw? And is it one of your primary series you collect?
  3. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    So I will fully admit I first started collecting coins purely out of curiosity as a child. My Uncle had a small can of "wheat" pennies and I started searching through my relatives' change to see if I could find them. Amassed quite a few of them over the years and even CRH for them as recently as last year as a fun little trip down memory lane. My goal then had nothing to do with numismatics or investment, it was like a game, if I find the special pennies I get to keep them and the more I had the more "trophies" I had from my made up game. (I think all the video and mobile games where players are supposed to collect coins, jewels, or tokens in order to get something or upgrade something is probably the same feeling I had as a kid, but with real metal currency). When I received a mint set of my birth year, or my first silver "Peace" dollar it was also nothing to do with money or numismatics, just something fun and interesting. Later in life I began to hunt for silver, not very successful at it in general, in change and then I also looked for mint errors and found a few, but nothing to make money on. When I was a tween to teenager we had the 50 state quarters released and a map of the US with holes for all the quarters. As someone who never did a date series book for anything this was again, like a game, fun, and had nothing to do with investment. I think my current collecting is very similar to this. I "hunt" for the MS Britannia coins, and have all of them to date except the privy mark coins for lunar years, and have gone through a challenging process of accumulating graded and raw coins for grading to complete the set. I also started a series of Queen's Beast Proof Silver as it is a shorter series with (up to the bull at least) wonderful designs. Everything else like getting wheat pennies, circulated US silver coins pulled from change or banks for stacking, and some unique coins I like has all been put on the back burner. And, some of the other "series" I started but never finished include the Chinese Silver Pandas (sold them as I got bored of them), a 1/4 ounce gold coin series of European coins, and an NGC graded Lincoln cent date and mint mark series. I basically collect UK Mint Sets, Britannias in MS (bullion), and Proof Queen's Beast 1 oz silver. All British, all uncirculated, and mostly graded. I doubt this is a good investment strategy, but it is a lot of fun for me to do.
  4. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    I've googled them, quite beautiful and unique designs. I don't like the gilt or gold overlay on coins though and generally dislike the bimetal precious metal coins as well. If it were all silver I'd have a change of heart.
  5. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    The length of time is hard to focus on. I get that it should be treated as a long term investment if that's the goal, but I guess I'm more a hobbyist than an investor and more a collector than a stacker. Not sure if that means I'm on the losing end when it comes to profit yet.
  6. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    I also have some duplicates of a series I've been collecting for a while. As I got a "nicer" or better coin I kept the other one it replaced for the most part. Not sure what to do with them as I don't need them, but some of them were hard to track down.
  7. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    I've not even heard, seen, or thought about the Belarus Lunars. Gosh there are more out there than I thought. Do you collect raw or graded coins? I am sticking to graded only at the moment, but sometimes I feel a bit silly with all the plastic slabs around me. It is convenient when it comes to quickly identifying coins and tracking them in terms of how much I paid and current value, but quite cumbersome to store. I love the older Kangaroos, but the newer ones are a little stale. I agree with you on that one. I never collected those though.
  8. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    What sets did you stop or sell? What are you currently still collecting? - Not sure what to say about your urge to sell a complete set. I think I would admire it for a bit 😁
  9. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    What series are you collecting? Which ones are you thinking about selling or stopping?
  10. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    Great point... wonder why it is a "silver" specific phenomenon. Price point maybe 🤔
  11. I wonder about copper rounds myself. Do they oxidize and turn green? Do people buy copper bars and rounds frequently? I'm so used to assuming people want to buy and sell silver and gold due to inflation or investment. However, I'm not sure how copper fits into that or if it is more an industrial metal that you're betting on creeping up in value. I also, as an aside, can't think of a single modern coin that is made from copper or bronze near the 90% mark. The US nickel is 75% copper and 25% nickel the very common modern "cupro-nickel" coin composition, but I don't know of any that are bronze or entirely copper.
  12. NewMSmatist15

    Overwhelmed by Modern Silver in Series, and Series, and Series....

    I should note, at the moment I only collect the Britannia and Proof Silver Queen's Beast series. I just really like some of the other series and haven't delved into any of them. I'm more confused about which series are popular and therefore have a healthy secondary market than frustrated with having options.
  13. For a good portion of the summer I stopped buying any coins, gold or silver, proof or bullion, because I felt a bit overwhelmed by all the series that are available. There's the Chinese Panda series, the Chinese Lunar series, the Britannia Series (my personal favorite, but not much love from a lot of collectors nowadays), the Great Britain Lunar series, the Perth Lunar series, the Canadian Lunar series, the Rwandan Lunar series (these are quite lovely, but I didn't set aside cash for them or buy any 😥), the Canada Predator series, the Kangaroos, the Kookaburras, the Saltwater Crocodiles, the Birds of Paradise, the Emus, and the Sharks. The Queen's Beasts, the Lion Dollars, and the Bisons. Not to mention the Ukrainian Archangels, the Isle of Man Nobles, the Niue hawksbills, superheroes, and star wars coins. Colorized coins, incuse coins, concave coins, egg shaped coins, coins that are square, coins that have scalloped edges, and privy marks on everything! Just tossing a discussion out to the Forum in general. Does anyone else feel overwhelmed by all of these? Are there forum members that have culled down their collections and eliminated collecting certain series? If so, which series are you avoiding or stopping?
  14. NewMSmatist15

    NGC Registry set

    Did you start this collection with the intention of having a registry set or did that fall into place? I have a Britannia registry set myself and I go back and forth on whether it is worth it to try and have other registry sets.
  15. NewMSmatist15

    Stacking Strategy: What has been your biggest mistake?

    I think you are both right. @Scuzzle I think your strategy hinges on ( and does well!) when the price of silver fluctuates compared to the equity markets. However, a strategy like @lmwstamps where you buy the premium coins is much more a "collectible" bet. I've had poor success with some seemingly collectible coins and poor success with bullion but for different reasons. Likewise I've had winners on both sides. For me, American Silver Eagles in bullion are a winner, almost always, in terms of their ease for liquidation and ability to cover spot prices if held long enough. I can't say I've had a segment in the premium coins that is a winner, but when I switched from buying anything I thought would be collectible and appreciate to what I enjoy collecting, I had much better success. I think enjoying what you collect helps you understand that coin series/coin type in a way that allows you to buy and sell for a profit. Just my two cents...