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Our interest in collecting coins began when I was twelve years old.  A man I knew showed me his Small Cent collection.  It was stunning!  He had every small cent minted to date and each and every coin was a gem.  And, when I say gem, I'm not exaggerating. He was so particular that not a single blemish was tolerated.  Every coin was a brilliant red.

So I became a collector.  I'd buy rolls of pennies and laborously go through them, re-roll them and trade them in for more rolls.  I'd pester everyone to allow me to look through their change.  Those were the good-old-days.  You could actually build a pretty nice collection out of circulation and now-and-then, you could find something rare.  It was a lot of fun.

Now I'm a senior citizen, retired for over sixteen years, and from what I've written so far, you might expect me to tell you that I'm the proud owner of an extensive collection of a wide range of coins.  Regretfully, it's not so.  Collecting was an up and down affair.  I'd build a nice collection, then I'd sell it when funds were scarce.  The most recent iteration was about two years ago when I built a Mercury Dime collection with some outstanding specimens and missing only the 1916-D.  I sold it on eBay for over $3000.00.  At that time I turned over the remnants of what I had left to my son.

My son had some background in collecting.  For him it was also an on and off thing. But a while after receiving the remnants of my collections, he decided to embark on some serious collecting.  I agreed to lend some support both intellectual and financial, but the collections we display on this site are his and the work and the funding has been overwhelmingly his.

Our first effort was to build a serious Buffalo Nickel collection.  We started with raw coins, but the uncertainties of buying raw coins became so unsettling that we moved exclusively to coins graded by PCGS.  In less than two years we have made exceptional progress.  The coins in the collection are all high grade with the majority in very high grade.   Of the coins we intend to collect, we are missing just a few of the variety coins and the collection ranks high on the PCGS registry.  On the pages that follow, you can see how the collection has filled in, how it is graded and you can actually view good images of each of the specimens in the collection.

We started with a fairly complete set of Lincoln Cents.  We just recently started an effort to complete the collection and are just one coin away from accomplishing that mission.  On the Lincoln Cent pages we show detail on the coins between 1909 and 1933 and page views on the remainder.  This is a very large collection, but the main value is in those early years.

We hope you enjoy viewing some of our outstanding coins and that you will return once-in-a-while to see what progress we are making.  We are pretty much done with what we intend to do with the pennies, but with the nickels we will continue to upgrade as opportunities and funds allow until we have a truly world-class collection.

Thank you for your interest.  If you have questions or comments, address them to ludovici@cinci.rr.com.  

LINKS:

Buffalo Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1913-1938)

Buffalo Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1913-1938)

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