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Dug 1803 Draped Bust Large Cent in Great Shape. Need your take.

 
 
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 Posted 08/08/2018  09:04 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add BTV Digger to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all. Dug this 1803 Draped Bust LC last week at a very old permission site here in the Champlain Valley of VT. I've been lucky to dig a number of Draped Bust LCs in my years of metal detecting (8 so far this year alone) but I've never found one looking this sharp after being in the ground 200+ years in all my years of digging. Typically, they're highly worn and corroded as you can imagine. I'm fairly confident it's a common Sheldon 251 variety (small date/small fraction), but wanted your take on value. I don't sell my coins by the way - just love saving history, either by collecting or digging! Just was curious. It's got Fine/Xtra Fine details beneath the very mild corrosion. Does $50 seem reasonable? Thanks for any input.

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 Posted 08/08/2018  09:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Prethen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Quick dumb question for ya. I remember metal detecting with my father as a kid (and about the only thing we ever found were pop tops!). We used an ice pick to "dig up" whatever we detected. How do you dig up the items you detect without accidentally damaging them? I'm guessing you do NOT use an ice pick!
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 Posted 08/08/2018  09:14 am  Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is an epic find.
Congrats.
It may clean up a little with acetone and then a bath in olive oil. In any event, $50 is a very low estimate. I would put the retail on a coin like that at $150
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 Posted 08/08/2018  10:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@BTVdigger, I agree that this is a super find. I'm sure that you are very careful with all of your finds, but please be gentle with this one if you decide to give it a bath in acetone--no rubbing or scratching to remove the corrosion. I think better to leave a little extra than to end with scratches on the fields.
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 Posted 08/08/2018  12:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sheldon Overton Baby to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A very impressive find in that shape. I was expecting more porosity than that.
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 Posted 08/08/2018  1:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Anyone in favor of using Verdi-Care on this, or is that too extreme?



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 Posted 08/08/2018  2:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think I would just go with a long acetone soak .
Very impressive ground find .
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 Posted 08/08/2018  2:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have had some success with Vickies that have had similar corrosion and crud by soaking them in acetone for a few days and then giving them the Verticare treatment.

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 Posted 08/08/2018  5:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cipster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
BTV Digger - that's an incredible find. I've seen lots of these in worse shape that weren't in the ground. Enjoy this piece of history.
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 Posted 08/08/2018  7:50 pm  Show Profile   Check coinlover1899's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add coinlover1899 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Awesome find! I would say it is worth more than $50. Maybe closer to $100.
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 Posted 08/08/2018  7:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BTV Digger to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for all the input folks! I definitely am done doing anything to this coin. I only used a soft toothpick and some "fingernailing" to get the main dirt layer off and that's how she looks. To Prethen: I normally use a narrow blade shovel and dig large, wide holes to avoid scratching any items I dig. Unfortunately you still end up dinging a few. Case in point I scratched the reverse of a XF 1900-O Barber Half earlier this spring. Ugh.
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