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 Posted 01/20/2018  12:45 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Dlangs56 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I do so enjoy filling holes in albums, and have been obsessing lately over finding another set to add to the collection. I am curious to hear any thoughts here about Half Cents, whether they are a good set to chase, whether one gets bored doing so, are there good references or many other collectors out there, etc. I am thinking about mid grade on the later dates, lower grade on the earlier ones.
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 Posted 01/20/2018  1:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Moe145 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Half Cents RULE!! You will not be disappointed in your quest!


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 Posted 01/20/2018  1:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice one Moe. Agree Half Cents are a great field. I collected the draped busts for many years.
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 Posted 01/20/2018  1:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh I don't know about those tiny coins. They don't seem like much fun.




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 Posted 01/20/2018  3:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add johnjkedel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My favorite - but I am probably in the minority.... Love the old coppers. Lots of varieties too if you're into that.
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 Posted 01/20/2018  4:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting set to pursue. Have many green pieces of paper with you when you start shopping.
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 Posted 01/20/2018  5:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you are wanting to complete the set make sure them green pieces of paper have Franklin's mug shot on them!
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 Posted 01/20/2018  5:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Debrajc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I love the old Half Cents, but unfortunately I only own a couple of them.

If you do pursue....
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 Posted 01/20/2018  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chesterb to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think Half Cents represent a good value. However, it takes patience with these coins as many have planchet issues or other problems with an overall low-ish mintage on most coins. I don't know about good references though.
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 Posted 01/20/2018  8:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ProfLiz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Half Cents are great - historical, beautiful, and interesting! There are lots of good background research materials. Coins are fairly available (with the exception of two stoppers, 1796 and 1831); even the key 1811 appears with good frequency (there are 75 on eBay right now). Most dates are affordable in circulated grades, and many post-1809 dates are affordable even in mint state.

This article claims that they are among the most undervalued classic coins:

https://sauerwine.blogspot.com/2012...s-coins.html

Here's one of my favorites for inspiration:




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 Posted 01/20/2018  8:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ProfLiz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh, one more thing: There are lots of fun "naked eye" varieties. For example, the second 8 in the date of the 1808 I posted above was made from two small letter O's. 1804 has a variety with a spike coming out of Lady Liberty's chin. There are dramatic overdates: 1802/1, 1808/7, and 1809/6. The 1828 features a version with only 12 stars, instead of 13.

What's not to love?!
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 Posted 01/20/2018  8:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dlangs56 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I should have known I would get a positive response from you bunch of instigators :) OK, let me think on this a little more, I appreciate all the info and opinions!
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 Posted 01/20/2018  9:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
One of my favorite series is Half Cents.
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 Posted 01/20/2018  9:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ariette to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Coins are fairly available (with the exception of two stoppers, 1796 and 1831); even the key 1811 appears with good frequency (there are 75 on eBay right now).


Don't forget the 1793 Liberty Cap Left, probably one of the scarcest of all U.S. type coins. I'm eventually going to need one for my type collection, though I don't foresee myself getting one of those for a very long time.
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 Posted 01/20/2018  9:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ProfLiz - Beautiful coin, is it yours?
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 Posted 01/20/2018  11:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like them, but I just have the three in my 7070. Those were not easy to find. I am not sure I could pursue a set, but it might be fun.
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