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Why do so few half cents and large cents survive?  
 

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 Posted 06/30/2018  6:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kurrency Ken to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I tried to send a PM but you need to activate that area on your profile. I wouldn't want to go against forum etiquette and post one or two EAC seller's while leaving out others. I check next time to see if you updated your profile.

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Ken, You can PM me now.
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 Posted 07/02/2018  2:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Aoraki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I've never had a problem locating a copper I've needed in the grade I wanted. Forget the population report garbage and go to your Early American Copper (EAC) dealers.
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For me, the problems arise when I add the third dimension: "at a price I can afford".
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 Posted 07/03/2018  12:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SsuperDdave to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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For me, the problems arise when I add the third dimension: "at a price I can afford".


It's always those minor details that get us.
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 Posted 07/03/2018  4:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kurrency Ken to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How can we collect coins when we have to think about money...or a wife's reaction.

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Stay single and live a minimalist lifestyle.
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 Posted 07/04/2018  5:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the CCF, Sharkman ... Good question!

As a longtime coppers enthusiast, I can say that a great many of them were repurposed. They were frequently counterstamped and used as checks, mementos, business cards, masonic cents, tags ....you name it. Large numbers were stamped by merchants to promote word-of-mouth advertising, as they circulated and passed from one person to another. Many old coppers were used to create tools, often with sharp edges, to cut yarn, string or whatever, make pie crimpers, gears, etc. Some were holed to make hummers (kids' toys) or create lucky pieces for superstitious folks. Early machinists often used copper coins to test or hone their skills.

Once damaged, many coppers were randomly discarded. Of the 1,200 + counterstamps on early coppers in my collection, between 5%-10% appear to have been below or atop the ground at some time or another. Of all U.S. coin types, large cents were by far THE most likely coins to serve as hosts for counterstamps. It's thus reasonable to assume that they were the most likely coins to be discarded, methinks.

Here are some examples of counterstamps and other curious uses of coppper coins ....











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 Posted 07/05/2018  03:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NLL to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Does anyone know how to get cheap Half Cents and large cents? Just looking for something for a type set. Thanks.
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 Posted 07/05/2018  04:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Aoraki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ExoGuy, that's seriously awesome! Both your commentary and the pics! (I'm still trying to wrap my brain around 1,200+...)
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ExoGuy, that's seriously awesome! Both your commentary and the pics! (I'm still trying to wrap my brain around 1,200+...)


Thanks for the reply, Aoraki. I'm lacking a 1799 to complete a year set on the large cents. My provision for the set is that each piece must be attributed as to who the stamper was. I've yet to spot a counterstamped 1799 that has been or can be attributed. I've been collecting the counterstamps for about forty years now. the coppers comprise half of the collection which largely predates the Civil War.

From my perspective, it's easy to see how copper coins were serious workhorses during those years; this, having been subjected to all manner of use and abuse. I suspect that this contributed in no small way to their relatively small surviving numbers. A huge portion of counterstamped coins today survive in quantities of fewer than ten pieces recorded. It's been estimated that ten percent of the coins circulating prior to the Civil War were stamed for one reason or another.
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Does anyone know how to get cheap Half Cents and large cents? Just looking for something for a type set. Thanks.


to the CCF, NLL.

IMHO, your question might better be posed and receive more replies by your starting a new thread. My short answer would be that you attend area shows and coin club meetings.
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 Posted 07/06/2018  11:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NLL to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks ExoGuy.
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