From the April 9 Numismatic News E-Newsletter
Are you “spring cleaning” (organizing) your coin collection this year? What is your method?
I’ve had it with the Mint. $105 for a silver proof set? Silver is down near $25 an ounce again. I had to buy the ’21-W proof through one of the coin crooks for $139 for a $80 Mint price they did not have. Where were the other 327,000 they said on their website they were making “for us collectors?” In short, I am selling my collection, only keeping a very few things, so I am really spring cleaning. Goodbye, U.S. Mint.
When the pandemic began, one chore to occupy time was to, at last, do comprehensive “rosters and records” of my collections, most everything along with numismatics. Rudimentary listings are being compiled, with emphasis on what it is, where it is and few specifics.
From this experience, now a year long, two lessons have been learned: one, the volume of my assorted collections and two, duplication and even more! How many common-date circulated Morgan dollars does one need or 1970s CAPEX mini-sheets!
Equally, part of the process is to identify location, like which safe deposit box. This greatly assists in finding “where it is.” Plus, it provides updates about the condition and preservation.
In addition, like any good spring cleaning, there is stuff than can be parted with via sales to coin dealers, auctions when resumed, at local coin club meetings or donations.
Also, since my rosters and records are in Excel format, this makes looking-up convenient and is valuable to my successor trustees, when one departs to “the great coin club in the sky.”
Michael S. Turrini
It was not spring cleaning, but rather COVID activity!
Stuck at home with lots of time on my hands. I am retired.
Name and address withheld
I organized my coins a month ago and what I did was I put the coins that had special sleeves in a drawer by themselves. The other thing I did was put completed sets and proof/uncirculated sets in an ammo can.