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 Posted 06/11/2019  03:21 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I bought my first Canadian specimen large cent, an 1858 now in a PCGS SP63BN holder, as a raw coin from Chuck Moore in 1982. Back then, it was more than I could afford (I remember it well at $500USD). I started collecting specimen large cents in earnest in 2007, when I bought an 1859 specimen cent from Mike Walsh. Over the following years, I bought more of these magnificent coins.



A few years ago, I was stuck, unable to acquire the really rare and really high-grade pieces, so I approached a Canadian dealer to assist me in completing the set. He ended up helping me a great deal, but his initial comment was; "you won't live long enough." In many eras, he would have been be right, but sometimes fortune smiles upon you and the coins you need unexpectedly become available. They did for me, culminating with the Eric Beckman sale in 2015 and the current Cornerstone sale in 2019. Those two collections contained some of the very best specimen cents and, by unifying my purchases from them, I was able to not only fill in my gaps, but also upgrade several coins and finish the set as defined by PCGS. I believe this is the first complete set, since the registry sets began. It may be the first ever assembled, as the 1898-H and 1912 specimen cents were not in the public domain until the 1980's.

https://www.PCGS.com/setregistry/ca...meset/165324
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 Posted 06/11/2019  03:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add purelywasted to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, great set! That is a neat body of work over 37 years. Hope you had a little celebration somewhere.
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 Posted 06/11/2019  06:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add okiecoiner to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, Rob, you have reached the pinnacle of the long incline that we numismatists try to climb. You have the first specimen set, as well as the spectacular circulating Registry set. Both of those are capped by the 4, soon to be 5, bibles for Canadian large set collectors.
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 Posted 06/11/2019  06:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Phil310 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment!
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 Posted 06/11/2019  07:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add joecoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, what a great set.

Which coin do you favor the most?
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 Posted 06/11/2019  08:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Remarkable accomplishment, congrats!
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 Posted 06/11/2019  09:23 am  Show Profile   Check TheDeductible's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TheDeductible to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing feat! Congrats!

If someone offered to buy the set from you, what would the price be? Or is there no price?
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 Posted 06/11/2019  09:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mcshilling to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can only wish, great collection congrats.
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 Posted 06/11/2019  09:55 am  Show Profile   Check SPP-Ottawa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add SPP-Ottawa to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I assume that some specimen strikes, like 1884, are not in the set composition due to their rarity?
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 Posted 06/11/2019  11:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add aristarchus123 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing set. Congratulations.
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 Posted 06/11/2019  12:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The short answer on the 1884 is there has never been one in the PCGS census. It was originally in an NGC holder and now is in a PCGS body bag. Others, such as the 1898H and 1912 are rare, with only two of each in private hands, so that is not the reason.

The longer answer is that there are many, many misunderstood things about large cent specimens. I have completed a manuscript about them that tries to make sense of them. I hope to have it published by late this year.
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 Posted 06/11/2019  2:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thisistheshow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well-done. Any pics ( or did I miss the on PCGS?)
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 Posted 06/11/2019  4:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi res photos will be in the book
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 Posted 06/11/2019  11:16 pm  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats Rob,

I've enjoyed your publications, as well as drooling over your coins. Happy it was you that completed this epic quest. Well deserved.
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 Posted 06/14/2019  2:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bosox to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the kind words, guys. Joecoin - I really do not have a favorite large cent specimen, but would probably choose one of my large cent patterns (not in the PCGS set), if pushed. Deductible - the value of the set is moot, as it is not for sale.
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