I just picked up a 2016 Proof SAE for Ben’s birth year. My mother-in-law gave me a 2019 proof that she bought when she visited the mint at the end of last year. That gave me one for Sam’s birth year and I got a 1986 - for our birth year - years ago.
Ben smashing the capsule for the 1986 the other week - forcing me to go shopping for replacement capsules - was what got this back on my mind, but it had been on my collecting agenda since I was given the 2019. Cash was a bit tighter back then and I had some other, (more pressing IMO at the time) collecting goals, but we’re in a good enough place now, for now, I think.
Ben has continued to show interest in those proof SAEs in the mint boxes and was asking if he could have one to keep in his room. With the 2016 coming out of the 3-day quarantine we impose on all mail these days I’m going to let him keep the 2016 on his dresser. He may make me regret that but… at least when I bought a new capsule for the 1986 coin I bought 6… We opened the box together and now it's going to sit on a spot on his dresser that he picked for it - next to his other treasures, some of which are stolen from my old mini collection and other places.
At this point, I have the 1/4th oz gold eagles in MS70 and these proof SAEs in the mint packaging for both boys. I considered going and getting PF70 graded proof SAEs and or MS70 1/10th oz gold eagles or PF70 1/10th oz or 1/4th ounce eagles for both of them. There’s really no shortage of coins made on their birth years that I could get for both of them but in so doing I’m going to try to make sure that anything I get and hold on to for one of them I get for the other one. I would hate for one of them to feel slighted in that regard when they reach adulthood.
I’m still trying to complete several sets of the 2 oz silver queen’s beasts coins. I also took a major step closer to that recently - using a small part of that “Economic Impact Payment” to make an order with JM Bullion to get the rest of the Yales and most of the White Lions I need. At least one of each of these 5 sets will be ear-marked for each boy, but there are scenarios where each boy could end up getting 2 or 3 sets of them - now that we’re capped out at 2 kids I find that I’m building more sets than I probably want or need. But… silver is silver…
My wife has challenged me on the point of fairness regarding the sets I’m wanting to let each of them have. I’m hoping to let Ben have my 10G set and Sam have the Zimbabwe note set. My wife pointed out that giving one of the boys a group of gold coins and giving the other one a group of demonetized notes from a dead currency wouldn’t exactly be “fair.” My response was that, at that point, Ben would get the 10G set and Sam would get most of the rest of the gold coins - and that would give both of them a roughly equal number of gold coins and a roughly equal melt weight, at least as things stand now. I can adjust as time goes on.
I’m not going to deliberately create a situation where one of them gets shafted too badly.
Hopefully they like it and keep it and don’t just take it all down to the pawn shop as soon as they get it. That would be quite the anti-climax after all of this work. At least I’ll be dead for some or all of that.