These are checklists to help guide beginning to advanced collectors looking to focus on a certain goals. Collections featured range from beginning and inexpensive, yet interesting, type sets through advaned, focused rare variety collections. The PDF file has a checklist and pictures with basic information about each example within the collection. The Microsoft Excel file is a checklist that may be filled out.
These are free to download, use, copy and email or mail to friends.
This page will be updated with more as I get around to creating them.
Adobe PDF Checklist and Pictures
Microsoft Excel Checklist
Complete Type Set Checklist
This checklist represents the traditional collecting goal from the 1950s into the 2000s. We've included several suggested interesting add-ons that people over the years have sought out after or before finishing their type set. These include the famous Female Riding Deer (XX-1), "Essays" or "Fantasy" XX-2 (T-47) and XX-3 (T-48) and an example of the major rare variety, specialty item, and watermark categories. The complete type set will run over $125,000 for a low-grade set, $200,000 or more for a mid-grade set, and upwards of $350,000 to more than $500,000 for a high grade set.
This is a simple and affordable collection of the basic December 1862 types of the Fifth Series. It may be completed for $500 in Very Good up through $4500+ for Choice Uncirculated.
Updated May 20, 2007.
1863 Type Collection
This is a simple and affordable collection of the basic April 1863 types of the Sixth Series. It may be completed for $370 in Very Good up through $3000+ for Choice Uncirculated.
Updated May 20, 2007.
1864 Type Collection
This is a simple and affordable collection of the basic February 1864 types of the Seventh Series. It may be completed for about $500 in Very Good up through $2000+ for Choice Uncirculated.
Updated May 20, 2007.
Big 6 Type Collection
This is a focused type set of the rarest 6 types known as the "Big 6". It includes the 4 notes issued near the founding of the Confederacy in Montgomery (and printed in New York!) as well as the Eagle and Shield and Indian Princess notes of 1861. All four of the Montgomeries and the Indian Princess have more than 100 examples known with 74 currently identified of the Eagle and Shield $10 note. These are popular and scarce notes; usually several opportunities per year arise to purchase these. A set of six may run from $60,000 in really low grade up to well above $300,000 in the finest known grades.
Updated May 30, 2007.
Great Rarities Collection
This is a collection of major Confederate rare varieties which have been sought out by collectors since the late 19th century. Some have been discovered as late as the mid-20th century as collectors continued to seek these great rarities out to differentiate their collections.
I like this collection because it cuts right to the chase and focus on major, historical rarities and errors. So rather than try to collect 578 varieties as documented by Bradbeer, this collection represents a focused, major achievement. All are collectible varieties (at least 3 in collectors' hands) with the possible exception of the T-7 PF-5. A fun collection to build offering a great hunting challenge!
The inverted back collection is one of the most challenging sets to complete of any sets in the series. There are many non-collectible varieties, that is varieties with less than 3 in collectors' hands rendering them unlikely to be acquires within a collector's collecting lifetime. The collectible set is a great challenge in and of itself with 9 rare inverted back varieties of 4 major types (T-52, T-58, T-59 and T-60). I displayed my collection of 30 different inverted backs at the 2007 Memphis International Paper Money show and had many discussions about the collection, how I went about building it, and so forth.
Three collectible collections are possible of the nine notes. Adding as many of the non-collectibles makes for a great long time and fun goal. Achieving such would put you amongst the few collectors that have been able to so far.
The T-33 collection is one of the most challenging of the types to complete. I displayed my collection of 31 different T-33s at the 2007 Memphis International Paper Money show and had many discussions about the collection, how I went about building it, and so forth. This was the first complete collection of collectible T-33s assembled.
Three collectible collections are possible of the sixteen notes with the T-33 PF-16 Whatman watermark being the toughest. Adding as many of the non-collectibles and extended vareities makes for a great long time and fun goal.