US Type Set - 20th-21st Century


Creating a type set can be a very rewarding experience, and it is one that allows an almost infinite variety in how exactly you put together your set. The basic premise of a type set is to collect one coin of every type, as opposed to a date & mint mark set where you collect every coin of a given type for all years and from all mints that it has been produced. As a consequence of only requiring one coin per type to be complete, the type set is considerably cheaper than a date & mint mark set.

It allows for a huge amount of customization because you can decide exactly what types you want to include, grade goals, and what specialties you may want to concentrate in. For example, a 20th century silver proof type set is a fairly specialized set and omits all 1¢, 5¢ (except war-time silver), post-1965 coins, and all gold. But it also sets the expensive goal of proofs, the early ones being relatively expensive over their business-strike counterparts.

Another way to customize a type set is to only collect from one mint. For example, you could say that if San Fransisco didn't make that type of coin in business-strike condition, you won't collect it. Or you could be more inclusive and only collect coins from Philadelphia. But you could then narrow that goal and only collect first-year-of-issue (e.g., require your Lincoln Cent Memorial Reverse to be from 1959).

Yet another way that you can customize your set is to decide yourself what you will consider a separate type. For example, do you consider the 1918 Lincoln cent a different type from the prior years because the initials "VDB" were added to the bottom of Lincoln's bust? Or do you consider every state quarter to be a different type? Or are you content to say you have one Washington quarter, regardless of metal and regardless of state?

These are all decisions that you can - and should - make for yourself, and it will add a significant amount of individuality to the set that you build.

My Collecting Goal

Given that introduction, my goal is to collect with the following goals in mind:

So what does all that mean? Well, the first year of issue or 1901 is fairly self-explanatory. If you're wondering, then just scroll down and look at my checklist. Philadelphia Mint I chose because it's the longest-operating Mint in the US - it's the "original" mint for our country. Hence, when I extend the set back to earlier coins, I will be able to remain consistent.

"All" types and varieties is incredibly inclusive. For the expensive stuff (at least from this century), it's still manageable and reasonaly main-stream, such as including both an example of the silver and clad dimes and quarters. However, including all the varieties of cents (for metal changes or head shrinkage), the 1925 recessed date for the Standing Liberty quarter, and a few others are somewhat unconventional. But, I'm still going to go for it because I think it shows something important in our coinage history.

Uncirculated grades that "are affordable to me" is incredibly vague. Especially because some of the grades that I'm going for will amount to a $600 coin in one case vs. a $10 coin in another. And that's not including gold. The basic goal is for the most recent coins to collect in MS-66. Then, the farther back in the century, decrease the grade by 1 or 2 points, getting down to MS-63 for the 1901 coins (MS-62 for the gold). An example of this progression would be the dollar coins: 1901-O Morgan (MS-63), 1921 High-Relief Peace (MS-64), 1922 Low-Relief Peace (MS-64), 1971 Eisenhower (MS-65), 1979 Susan B. Anthony (MS-66), 2000 Sacagawea (MS-66), 2007 Presidents (MS-66), etc. Going higher than MS-66 is silly, in my opinion, and gets expensive especially since I can get around MS-65 or -66 specimins of current conis for face value from the Mint.

Now, as to whether the coins are raw or certified ... my original intent was raw-only. I want to be able to "get closer" or to "feel" the coin if I want. However, many of these coins - especially the pre-1950 ones - are very expensive. Again excluding the gold, if you just look at the 1916 Walking Liberty half dollar in MS-64, that's a $750 coin. Or the 1901 Barber dime in MS-63 is a $150 coin. And then especially when you get to the gold, counterfeiting is a huge concern.

Consequently, I'm going certified for the early, high-dollar amount coins and the gold - PCGS or NGC, doesn't matter to me since I may crack 'em out at some point. Some of the more recent stuff, like a 1982 Copper-Plated Zinc Lincoln Cent, I'm going for raw. For coins like that, the slab costs more than the coin. And there's no real worry of counterfeiting or cleaning or other detrimental things because the coins just aren't worth the effort.

1¢ Coins

1909 MS-64RB Lincoln Cent, Wheat Reverse, No V.D.B. 1959 MS-66RD Lincoln Cent, Memorial Reverse


1901 Indian Head, Type 2    
1909 Lincoln Cent, Wheat Reverse, VDB    
1909 Lincoln Cent, Wheat Reverse YES MS-64RB
1916 Lincoln Cent, Wheat Reverse, VDB    
1943 Lincoln Cent, Wheat Reverse, Steel    
1944 Lincoln Cent, Wheat Reverse, Brass    
1947 Lincoln Cent, Wheat Reverse, Bronze    
1959 Lincoln Cent, Memorial Reverse YES MS-66RD
1969 Lincoln Cent, Memorial Reverse, Small Head    
1971 Lincoln Cent, Memorial Reverse, Large Head    
1982 Lincoln Cent, Memorial Reverse, Copper-Plated Zinc    
2009 Lincoln Cent, Kentucky Reverse    
2009 Lincoln Cent, Indiana Reverse    
2009 Lincoln Cent, Illinois Reverse    
2009 Lincoln Cent, Washington DC Reverse    
2010 Lincoln Cent, Union Shield Reverse    

5¢ Coins

1913 Type 1 'Buffalo' Nickel, MS-64

1938 MS-66FS Jefferson Nickel 1942 P MS-66FS Jefferson War-Time Nickel


1901 Liberty, with Cents    
1913 Buffalo, Type 1 YES MS-64
1913 Buffalo, Type 2    
1938 Jefferson YES MS-66FS
1942 P Jefferson, War-Time Silver YES MS-66FS
1946 Jefferson, Normal Composition    
1966 Jefferson, with JF Initials YES Uncirculated
2004 Jefferson, Westward Journey Reverse, Jefferson Peace Medal YES Uncirculated
2004 Jefferson, Westward Journey Reverse, Keelboat YES Uncirculated
2005 Jefferson, Westward Journey Reverse, Bison YES Uncirculated
2005 Jefferson, Westward Journey Reverse, Ocean in View! YES Uncirculated
2006 Jefferson, Return to Montecello Reverse YES Uncirculated

10¢ Coins

1916 Winged Liberty Head ('Mercury') Dime, MS-65FB


1901 Barber    
1916 Winged Liberty (AKA "Mercury") Y MS-65FB
1946 Roosevelt, 90% Silver    
1965 Roosevelt, Clad YES Uncirculated

25¢ Coins

1917 Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter, MS-64FH


1901 Barber    
1916 Standing Liberty, Type 1 YES MS-64FH
1917 Standing Liberty, Type 2 (Stars Below Eagle)    
1925 Standing Liberty, Type 2, Recessed Date    
1932 Washington, 90% Silver    
1965 Washington, Clad YES Uncirculated
1976 Washington, Bicentennial Reverse YES Uncirculated
1999-2008 Washington, Statehood Quarters YES Uncirculated
2009 Washington, DC & Terretories Quarters YES Uncirculated
2010-2020 Washington, National Parks Quarters    

50¢ Coins



1901 Barber    
1916 Walking Liberty    
1948 Franklin    
1964 Kennedy, 90% Silver    
1965 Kennedy, 40% Silver    
1971 Kennedy, Clad    
1976 Kennedy, Bicentennial Reverse    

$1 Coins

1901 O Morgan Dollar, MS-63

1922 Peace Dollar, Low Relief, MS-64

1971 Eisenhower Dollar, MS-65 1976 Bicentennial Eisenhower Dollar, MS-65

2009 Native American Dollar, 'Three Sister Crops' Reverse


1901 Morgan YES (1901-O) MS-63
1921 Peace, High Relief    
1922 Peace, Low Relief YES MS-64 (Rainbow Towning)
1971 Eisenhower YES [Part of Date/Mint Set] MS-65
1976 Eisenhower, Bicentennial YES [Part of Date/Mint Set] MS-65
1979 Susan B. Anthony    
2000 Sacagawea    
2007 Presidential Dollars, G. Washington    
2007 Presidential Dollars, J. Adams    
2007 Presidential Dollars, T. Jefferson    
2007 Presidential Dollars, J. Madison    
2008 Presidential Dollars, J. Monroe    
2008 Presidential Dollars, J. Q. Adams    
2008 Presidential Dollars, A. Jackson YES Uncirculated
2008 Presidential Dollars, M. van Buren YES Uncirculated
2009 Native American Dollars, Three Sisters Reverse YES Uncirculated
2009 Presidential Dollars, W. H. Harrison    
2009 Presidential Dollars, J. Tyler    
2009 Presidential Dollars, J. K. Polk    
2009 Presidential Dollars, Z. Taylor    
2010 Native American Dollars, Government - The Great Tree of Peace YES Uncirculated
2010 Presidential Dollars, M. Fillmore    
2010 Presidential Dollars, F. Pierce    
2010 Presidential Dollars, J. Buchanan    
2010 Presidential Dollars, A. Lincoln    

$2.50 Coins

1901 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle, MS-62


1901 Liberty Head YES MS-62
1908 Indian Head    

$5 Coins



1901 Liberty Head, with Motto    
1908 Indian Head    

$10 Coins

1901 Liberty Head Eagle, MS-62


1901 Liberty Head YES MS-62
1907 Indian Head, without Motto    
1908 Indian Head, with Motto    

$20 Coins

1914-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Coin, MS-64


1901 Liberty Head, Motto Above Eagle, "Twenty Dollars"    
1907 Saint-Gaudens, Roman Numerals, High Relief    
1907 Saint-Gaudens, Arabic Numerals    
1908 Saint-Gaudens, with Motto [Placeholder 1914-D] MS-64