For all beginners: When starting your collection be sure to make up your mind on where you are going. We encounter a lot of collectors with thousands of coins with no apparent single motif. Others just collect and collect, thus they have many coins of different countries and different species. You may want to concentrate first on country or metal species, like gold coins which are very expensive sets (not to mention platinum which are seldom issued) or you can find silver coins which are affordable and not too expensive. I recall then as I was starting when I came across a friend who is concentrating only in Philippine coins and then I asked him why. He told me that it is best because he is a Filipino and it is an achievable goal (actually his collection is made up of Phil-Am coins only). He was referring to a set of around two hundred pieces only and it is locally available. His target was eighty to ninety percent of the total number because he knows that some coins will really not be available or too costly (Proof Coin issues only).. A collection will gain value if it is complete.