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Building a 7070 Leads to First 20c Piece

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jackson64

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I'm really enjoying building my first serious type-set. In the past I have made a Half Dollar type set and a 5c type set but both pale in comparison to the fun and increased knowledge I'm getting with my 7070 set.

I have gotten some bust coins for half dime, dime and quarters which I've never owned. I also added several of the varieties ( so far) of the half cents and large cents.  I've never owned a Seated Dollar or 3-cent silver so I've had fun reading up on them, figuring out which coins I can afford in higher grades and possibly instead opt for a lower grade but of a scarce date.

This last slot decision- high grade common date or lower grade of a tougher date- is what I faced with the 20c piece. There were several dates that I could have bought in nice AU or even patiently waited for a low-BU deal, but in the end I opted for the Carson City issue in F15. Two main reasons directed my choice. First was, I wanted the set to be a bit more encompassing than just AU/BU quality coins. I actually enjoy a 150 year old coin that somehow has honest wear but keeps a nice patina and has made it through the decades without any dings, scratches or tampering. Secondly, I wanted at least 1 issue from Philly, Denver San Fran New Orleans and Carson City. Since I already added my "O" mint issue via the Morgan slot, the 20c piece gave me one of the few remaining chances for a Carson City coin in the set. The 1875 and 75-S both run about the same value in AU50 as the 75-CC does in F/VF so my path was clear- find a 1875-CC, a 140+ year old coin with just 133,000 minted,  in untampered, natural patina, undamaged/dinged/scuffed/scratched/hairlined/cleaned F+ condition... Just the kind of hunt I love.

Well I found a nice one-- I would have liked a bit more obverse, lettering detail but overall I really like the tale this worn old coin tells so elegantly... Happy Hunting everyone

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I'm loving it Jackson! My own 7070 has brought me countless hours of enjoyment and knowledge. Right now I'm working on potential upgrades such as an arrows date for the obverse legend dime slot instead of the 1876 XF dime I have in that slot now. The 7070 has slots specific to the 1853-55 arrows coins but none for the 1873-74 coins. This is why I'm looking for that arrows dime to represent them all. Your choice of the twenty cent piece to represent the Carson City Mint is an excellent choice. Congratulations on your find. Gary

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8 hours ago, gherrmann44 said:

I'm loving it Jackson! My own 7070 has brought me countless hours of enjoyment and knowledge. Right now I'm working on potential upgrades such as an arrows date for the obverse legend dime slot instead of the 1876 XF dime I have in that slot now. The 7070 has slots specific to the 1853-55 arrows coins but none for the 1873-74 coins. This is why I'm looking for that arrows dime to represent them all. Your choice of the twenty cent piece to represent the Carson City Mint is an excellent choice. Congratulations on your find. Gary

You make an excellent point which I have groused about-- the 7070 for all of its variety does not go far enough! The half dollar type sets include separate slots for the 1873/74 arrows coins ( as do the other seated coinage issues).. also I would have liked to have holes for certain series that technically have had more modest changes that are delineated within the series-- examples would be the various types of 3 cent silver coins and  "type 2" and "type 3" standing liberty quarter slots--among others. But it is still a blast with always something to search for when you have this kind of variety.

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I like your strategy of having examples from all the mints and incorporating some lower graded coins with honest wear.  Your double dime is very attractive, best of luck as you continue to work on your set. 

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