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 Posted 02/23/2012  6:13 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add okiesilverdude to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Hey yall.. Kind of new to the forum. I've wanted a large cent for a while and yesterday I came home with one. Sort of an impulse buy. It is a 1853, I paid $26. How did I do? Also curious what you think it would grade at?

thanks. Ken



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 Posted 02/23/2012  7:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Whytlash to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ken!

Awesome! My first large cent was an 1853 also. I'd call yours a high Fine or low Very Fine (F15 to VF20 - but I'm leaning more toward F15) and $26 is right in the ballpark with Numismedia FMV (Fair Market Value). Great pick up!

Careful though, they can become addicting.

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 Posted 02/23/2012  7:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BoomerSoonerOKU to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice cent, Okie! Which shop did you stop by?
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 Posted 02/23/2012  7:24 pm  Show Profile Check cipster's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add cipster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Welcome Ken,

I think it's a good choice and the price seems reasonable. There are many of us on this forum who love the old copper coins. I hope you will join us so we can to see your future purchases.
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 Posted 02/23/2012  7:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Capturedyou to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great looking coin! I've seen worse prices. :)
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 Posted 02/23/2012  9:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add okiesilverdude to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Steve... thanks. F15 sounds good to me. I know I'll be buying more soon. I am really starting to get into coins that aren't made of silver. These old cents are so neat.

Boomer... this coin came out of 26th and Sheridan. Also left with a really nice 1910s Barber dime, grading fine. Richard is a pretty decent dude and his prices are always very fair.
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 Posted 02/23/2012  9:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin ... watch out ... you can soon be addicted.

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 Posted 02/23/2012  9:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jeffrose to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
okie

You better watch it or you'll soon be changing your name to okiecopperdude.
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add terrib to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A large cent was one of our first purchases. It was so cool to hold something that old, in such good condition. You could almost picture past amilies saving or spending the coin. Great purchase - hope you enjoy it!
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BoomerSoonerOKU to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, I've found some good deals there, Okie. Sometimes you have to dig a bit, but that is part of the fun. Leave me some good stuff though, will you?
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Left to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin,
I just got one of those from vermontensium's "then and now rare coins" ecrater store, which I highly reccomend for $3 . But you coin is in very good condition compaired to mine. Nice buy!
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 Posted 02/23/2012  11:53 pm  Show Profile Check TJsCoins's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TJsCoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Nice large cent!


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 Posted 02/24/2012  01:13 am  Show Profile Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
[w} I like the history of the early coppers, I just picked up an 1804 half cent the other day myself, love the older Americana one can still hold in hand.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  12:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kopper Ken to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome Ken:

Watch what price you pay for coppers that have a lot of detracting marks. The details of the coin would in my opinion make it a F-12, but there are way too many scratches on the head (obv.)and in the fields (obv/rev) to make this an average looking coin. Most of the late date coppers (1840s -1857) can be found in very good looking condition. Having said that, I think you paid too much for this particular coin. I'm not sure what 1853 variety it is (n.1 to N.33) but there's not much difference in the variety prices. Again this is my opinion. I'm not looking to discourage you, just to educate you. Coppers are in a realm of their own.

Look into joining the Early American Copper (EAC) collectors group and get copies of and read the outstanding literature on the issues. Education is strength.You'll find the members very helpful.

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 Posted 02/24/2012  1:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add upstate to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You did OK, with a group of coins which seem to be gaining in popularity.
I think KK makes very good points.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  1:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add okiesilverdude to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
KK - thanks. not discouraged at all. The scratches also had me wondering on the grade, glad to know I probably over paid a little here. Normally I'd read a book before buying a coin but this was more an impulse type thing.

Sooner... heading back today for another few barbers and to check out his bid board.
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