just started this set as a casual set to work on--and hopefully cheap---I really love the little dime with the great sailing ship...should be fun and not too serious a set to work on..
Jan. 2009- as I've reached the halfway point in assembling this set, there have been a few nice surprises. Probably foremost is the variety of the issues for a date set. This set, like any with the queen obverse, has a changing bust as the Queen ages...also there are dual dated coins in commemoration of anniversary years for independence, the Queen's reign, Canadian mint anniversary etc...and there are also several years where dual issues were made. One coin being the classic Bluenose Schooner reverse..and a second coin with a special commem topic...so this set has turned out to be more challenging and more fun to build than I had originally thought that it might..I recommend this set to any fellow, lower budget collectors like myself...
JUNE 2010: It is interesting to look back at some of my sets and see their progression. This set was started because of my sailing ship themed coins naturally branched here. I thought a date set of sailing ship coins would be a great series to acquire. This progressed from a few cheap PF69's here and there as I found them, to actively seeking the dates.
Actively seeking the coins often means buying the entire proof set for the year and liberating the dime. This has gotten expensive with the latter years. One of the strange nuances of the Canadian proof sets is that the dimes were cuni for a long time and only recently in the 2000's did they become silver proof sets. So consequently, the coins from 2000 to 2010 are actually harder to find and more expensive than the older dates.
The earlier dates were a challenge because cuni proofs often developed milk spots or haze...so this set ended up being a LARGE challenge ( and I have about 2 dozen coins from various years that "did not make the grade" residing in one of my coin drawers).
So here I am, almost finished with the set. I have actually turned it into a remarkable set which is almost "unbeatable". There are currently only 13 different years that have ever gotten a coin graded PF70UCAM--I own 6 of these dates. If I can acquire just 1 or 2 more perfect 70's then this set will be the number one set as long as there is a registry ( unless grading standards change and new submissions are graded at 70)..
So here it is, my little obsession--quite possibly the nicest Proof Canada coinage set in existence...enjoy. !