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Am I Dumb, Or Are Red-Brown Large Cents Rather Scarce?

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 Posted 02/04/2019  9:29 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Sharkman to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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As part of my growing type set I have acquired an 1897 red-brown Indian Head and an 1864 Large Motto Two Cent Piece.also red-brown. When I found each of these coins, I felt like I would never find another like it. I have become quite taken by red-brown small cents and the way each seems to have its own unique appearance.
So I would like to find a red-brown large cent. But unless there was a seasonal run on them for the holidays, they don't seem to be the easiest things to locate. I looked on EBay and found about a half dozen in ms-64, but only two were under a thousand dollars, and neither really floated my boat. I struck out with Heritage and David Lawrence. So I am beginning to wonder whether finding one with eye appeal that I can afford is a needle in haystack search.
I have seen many attractive brown large cents with varying amounts of red highlights. I also have a chocolate brown Half Cent that I think is very attractive. Perhaps I should be looking for an attractive brown one.
Anyhow, if anyone could share their thoughts, I would be grateful.
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 Posted 02/05/2019  01:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just make sure that they are sealed in a good airtight environment.
Is a slab good enough to provide this sort of environment?
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 Posted 02/05/2019  03:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There's plenty of attractive BN Large Cents and you would have an easier time finding one and more leeway with what dates you can go for. That said if you want an RB one for under 1k the 1850s dates will be your best bet.
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 Posted 02/05/2019  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They have been in around for so long that darkening is just normal. Yet they do exist.
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 Posted 02/05/2019  8:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ballyhoo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Be patient. They're out there. At a price you can live with is another story. I only have two and one is a lighter brown, not chocolate, which looks good. But I haven't put much effort into those just yet to make a call on scarcity.
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 Posted 02/08/2019  03:05 am  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Red brown two cents aren't all that hard to find in my own experience, but finding the right one can be tougher. Look for coins with no tiny dark carbon spots, these can grow over time and are most likely caused before the coin was slabbed, by somebody talking over the coin, the little carbon spots are usually from spittle drops. The color will definitely change over time to a darker brown. This is usually accelerated by exposure to light, so a dark dry storage environment is recommended, also check in on your stored coins a couple times a year. I didn't on an Indian cent collection I had in a Harco Album, (while I was away at college) About 5 or 6 years later I found it in storage and the album being made of PVC strips had caused my coins to be swimming in a pool of green slime, most were corroded. Live and learn.

Buying RB Two Cent Pieces, I would recommend staying at MS63 or better in grade 64 or better if you can afford it.
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