This for me is what collecting is about; collecting examples of each coin issued by our Mint form the beginning of our coinage until the end of meaningful coinage. That is to say during the period when the coins had both intrinsic metallic value as well as artistic value.
My type set will never be number number one and some of my vignettes may seem trite. I have not researched a thesis on the state of the union at the time of the various coins' production. My comments fall into two basic categories. First, I point out what I find important in the coin that I have posted. Why I find that coin to be deserving of a place in this type set (i.e. I like the 1851-O 3 cent silver because it is the only coin in the series that came from a "Branch Mint"). Second, on occasion, I say from whom I purchased or traded for the coin the slot. The first I do because I would like to read what others find special in the specific coins they have chosen to list. So, I share what I find important in mine. The second I do to provide other collectors with some of the resources that have been valuable to me in putting together my sets and by extension, I hope, valuable to you in putting together your sets(i.e. an honest dealer who describes and grades his or her coins accurately and then sells their coins at a fair price.)
Mostly I have undertaken this to have fun, create, share and learn. I hope you enjoy your experience in numismatics as much as I have enjoyed mine.