04 Mar 2021

Die Varieties and Variation of the Large Cent

Coins | CopperCollector

Before I start I would like to give a define Varieties vs. Variation. Varieties almost always come from the hand engraved dyes you know like a engraver makes one die and then the next one the letter U is slightly bent. A Variation would be if the engraver didn't quite like how the coin was coming out so he made a change. Another reason could be that the mint had gotten a new engraver mid way through coinage. Both ways have affected coinage like the 1794 large cents I have two pictures of the varieties, the designer must have never been happy with his design.So with that knowledge I will first talk about the Varieties. Varieties are a more advanced way to collect large cents. With over 1200 different known it makes sense that nobody has ever completed a collection. The way that the large cent varieties are ranked on rarity is like this:1-2 the most common varieties of the most common years3-4 more common years but rarer varieties5-7 scarcer years and scarcer varieties8-10 very scare years and very scarce varieties10-12 rare years and rare varieties13-14 very rare years and very rare varieties15 only one to three specimens known to existA very useful guide the large cent varieties is the book I have been reading United States Coins 1793-1857. So now that you know how the rarity scale works we will jump in to how to identify your varieties. Many large cent Numismatists have to use a magnifying glass to see all the little items that make up the varieties. Most commonly used for reference on the obverse is the dates position to the bust, on later issues the angle of the coronet to the 5th & 6th stars, the stars are also used in finding the position of letters on the reverse. Which brings us to the reverse to further your surety of the type the reverse is used. Things like how many berries, what direction the leaf is pointing, and as I said earlier the letters position to the stars, finally the lines and dots in between the word CENTS. Tools that large cent die varieties hunters use are: a piece of paper but I have heard of people using a metal wire, a magnifying glass, and most important a light source. That is a quick overview of the Varieties of the large cent.Now I will talk about the as I call them Variations of the Large Cent. As is said in the first paragraph the variations were caused by the engraver not being satisfied with the coin or the mint hiring a new engraver. Most of these variations can be found in the red book. 1793 the sprig of leaves changes 2-3 times creating the rare strawberry leaf large cent. 1794 had an amazing amount of varieties the red book lists 13 different types. To name a few there is the Beaded Border, my personal favorite the Jefferson Head, and the head of 1793, 1794, and 1795. Fast forwarding to 1807 there is the "comet variety" which there appears to be a comet streaking behind lady liberty's head. Other variations exist like the unicorn where lady liberty has got a spike coming of of her head, the snail or dolphin large cent where liberty has a bump above her head. All these coins could be a fun collection it would be pricy if you included all of the variations of the 1794 cent but you don't have to do that. Here are the basic facts I hoped you learned the rarity scale the varieties are different dies engraved and variation were are designers fixing the coin up mid way through the coinage.

02 Mar 2021

Inventory software or App

Coins | user_82504

I’ve been accumulating coins for the past 15 years 90% of them being precious metal types. Now I’m becoming a more serious collector and would like to inventory my collection by inputting them into a software program or App that can record my cost, the coins specifics, and current value based solely on melt value of the base metal. Does anyone know of a software program or app that can do these things? Of course I would like to input more information but this gives you an idea of the basics. Thank you for any help or guidance that can be provided

27 Feb 2021

How I started my coin collecting hobby. (I’m sorry for clogging the blog page)

Coins | Eriknation

This is the story of how I started coin collecting. When I was almost 7 I got a coin book from my friend. It was a national park quarter set. I started filling it in one by one before long I already had the present years. I decided to take a break from collecting and I found a new interest in collecting shells and Pokémon cards. Then one day I saw this video on YouTube talking about finding a coin worth $100 dollars. It was the 1909 s V.D.B. After a week I started to search my dad's old collection and searched up the values. That was until I found out that the websites I were on had fake information. So I asked my mom if I could have a coin book. And I decided to buy the red book. Once I got it I started reading it a lot. Then I started coin roll hunting. I tried hunting all coins but my favorite coin to hunt is cents. The first wheat Penny I found was in my mom’s wallet was a 1940 p. And I hunted 20 rolls in my whole life so far and I have 6 Wheat’s so far. And I also found lots of centennials. After that I couldn’t hunt because my mom said I could only go once a month. So I decided to find loose change around the house. Then one day I discovered the Young Numismatists club. So I joined. And on the first day I completed the dollar project. By the way I signed up on feb. 26 2021. And I wanted to share my finds right away. When Mike a Coin collector told me that instead of writing five posts a day I should write long posts. So I’m very sorry for clogging up the blog page. Please accept my apology. So far I’m having lots of fun doing activities and talking to other yn’s. So this is basically the story of how I started my coin collecting hobby.

27 Feb 2021

2009 Centennial

Coins | Eriknation

Abraham Lincoln was born 1809 in a log cabin in Kentucky. When he became older helped the family build and eat. Later when he was 9 his mother died. He went on to study law. And he decided to run for president he won the election and chose Andrew Johnson as Vice President. Later he was assassinated in April 15 1865. It was a very sad day. So in 1909 Victor D. Brenner designed the Lincoln after 100 years he was born. And in 2009 they created the Centennial which has four designs.

27 Feb 2021

Bicentennial Quarter

Coins | Eriknation

The 1976 Bicentennial was minted between 1975 and 1976, Bicentennial means 200th year anniversary. And the United states declared independence in 1776. And the reason why there is no 1975 Quarter was because they minted the Bicentennial quarter in that time. And the U.S. Mint did not want the 1975 quarter to be a potential rare date. In 1973 The U.S. Mint held a contest for the design and the winner would receive 5000 dollars. The winner was Jack L. Ahr and created the reverse which has a military drummer and 13 stars representing the colonies. And the core of the quarter was pure copper.

24 Feb 2021

Uses of the Large Cent.

Coins | CopperCollector

The Large Cent was not a popular coin. Since many people disliked the coin they were put to other uses. Here are a few; they were often bought in kegs and then melted for their copper, used as buttons, hotel keys, gun sights, gears, good luck pieces, made into saucers, they were also very commonly altered especially to the date 1815. Large Cents were also used in food. People would drop them into their pickle jar and the vinegar and brine would dissolve the large cent turning the pickles green. Medicine was another interesting use. A Large Cent was placed into a saucer and vinegar was lightly dumped on top. The verdigris that formed was then given to the patient throughout the day. Undertakers would put large cents on the eyelids of dead people to keep them shut. These coins were minted from 1793-1857 excluding 1815 and millions were made. But because of these uses many have been destroyed or made into culls. So to sum it up people really didn't like the large cents.

24 Feb 2021


Coins | coinfodder

It’s time for (drumroll please), the battle of the Acronyms!!!

23 Feb 2021

The Boston Massacre

Coins | Mike

Well I hope you all are doing fine. Soon we will be back at shows! The Boston Massacre. March 5,1770.. Manny think that the war between the colonists and Britain started at Concord and Lexinton.. That happened April,19 1775. Some will argue the fact that this one act was the true start of the war for our Independence. I was looking at some bullion. Yes it's ok to buy bullion. I came across this famous drawing. It was done by Paul Reverer! And it took of like a wilddire. Britain has just passed the Townshand act. This was passed by King George the 111. to exert authority over the colonies. A group had gathered on King street. With that came the British soulders. They were led by Capitan Preston.. They were here to keep peace. Not to slaughter the crowd. What happened next changed the whole spirit of the occupation over all the colonies. The crowd started throwing snow balls at the small group of soldier's. Some said rocks. One of the soldiers fired and others chimed right in killing six. Peace was finely restored. This incident happened by a elm tree. So named the Liberty tree.. Signs were put on the Tree "I need the blood of the the British to keep growing . Soldiers were hung in effigy on the brances. Paul Reverse made sure his drawing made all the papers and soon it became the sound of liberty through out the colonies. The soldiers were taken into custody. But who would defend them in an American court. Would you believe a poor patriot lawyer. And future President John Addams. He believed everyone was entitled to a fair defence. The trial went on . Then the jury ruled. Capitan Preston and six others of the 29 regiment were found not guilty. Two others were found guilty of manslaughter.. There sentence was to be branded on there thumbs with an 'M" . Now the coin caught my eye. Simply because I saw it in a history book in school. There are hundreds of these pictures and everyone almost identical.. The obverse shows the incedent. The reverse shows The tree of Liberty with an eagle on top and colonists gathered around it. It came it a glass case and weighs two ounces.. If you read the C.O..A. There was only 999 made. I liked it . It depicts a very important part of our history. There are to be nine more in this seris. . I have to see what they look like . So do you think a snowball led to our fight for independence? I believe this was the first mass killing of the colonist. I say it helped a great deal. The 13 colony were beside themselves . I think the attitude got to all . And it was the start. If anyone knows do they still teach our history in school ? This tree became a rallying point for speeches and anything anti British.


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