There are many ways to collect coins. Two broad categories of
I call "closed end" and "open end" collections. A "closed end"
is a definite series, such as US cents from 1909 to the present, or one
coin from each type from a particular country. It is clear what coins
in the collection, and you know when you have finished the collection.
This style is popular with American collectors, due in part to all the
albums with little holes for each coin in the series, and the urging of
some that "you have to collect a series". Another approach is the "open
end" collection. This is the more traditional approach to collecting,
one tries to collect a representative sample of coins in an area of
rather than each coin in a particular series. An example of an open end
collection might be crown sized coins of the world, or coins of the
States, or just modern world coin. One does not try to get one of
in a series, but rather whatever is of interest within a fairly broad
This style of collecting can more easily accommodate changes in ones
interest. It can also be easier on ones budget since there are no "key
coin" holes to fill. Many collectors combine some aspects of both, such
as collecting a few representative coins of each nation that
in World War II. You might want to give some thought to how you want to
organize your collecting style.
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