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Collecting Raw Copper

 
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 Posted 09/28/2021  09:25 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Bust10cent to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am assembling the large cent middle board 1816 to 1839. I am a beginner focusing on pieces that are F12 to VF20. I was wondering how seasoned copper collectors view slabbed coins in light of the more strict EAC grading standards. Do they avoid slabs? I would imagine that purchasing a slab coin and cracking it out would rarely work out due the price associated with the looser grade. Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated!
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 Posted 09/28/2021  09:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cracking out 19th Century Coins will invariably lead to value loss. Regardless whether it is copper or silver.
But if you prefer to have you coins in an album, by all means go ahead. The price loss on low grade circulated coins is not that much (unless we are talking about Flowing Hair, Draped Bust coinage and the like).
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09/28/2021 09:57 am
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 Posted 09/28/2021  1:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
for the early coppers I preferred to purchase them raw for that reason. I like to see them side by side in an album. the only thing is you need to know your series and how to grade them as there are strike issues in many of them and you need to know the difference between strike and wear. I suggest if possible posting them here for comments prior to purchasing. at least you will have a second opinion and there are quite a few members here well versed in them
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