View Full Version : Choice between two 1/2 cents
10-04-2012, 04:42 AM
I have started to collect 1/2 cents. Reason being that I have found some that I can buy at a good price. I looked at two different ones today and would like to buy both, but that would not be fair to my budget. So, I can only buy one. One is a 1811 good 8. Nice coin and $200.00........The other is a 1797 in good 6, but with a rim nick for $350.00. I am sure it is the common one. Any advise. Thanks, Steven
10-04-2012, 08:15 AM
I am going to punt this one back to you. Either is a nice, collectible coin as you describe them. What are your goals for your collection? If you're trying to put together a date set or a variety set, it probably doesn't matter which you buy right now, as you'll eventually want both varieties. If you're working on a type set, there are a lot of Classic Head varieties that can be had in much better condition for a couple hundred dollars than an 1811. If you're like a lot of people and in a hurry to put together a set, going after the later dates is a good idea, because the varieties are all available at a very reasonable price (with the 1811 pricier than the others of its type). The earliest dates are rarer and more expensive and have a real charm to them, because their dies show more handwork than later coins, and they have a history back to the earliest days of our country. The 1797 was made when Washington was President, and he might have handled it at some time.
In short, think about what you want from your collection and make your decision based on that. If you're like most of us, you will eventually want to have both varieties in your set, so think of the purchase in terms of establishing some collecting goals and follow them whichever way they lead.
10-05-2012, 12:32 AM
Well, I bought the 1811. I think the other one (1797) will be there for me later. Here is a picture. What do you think. Thanks, Steve474475
12-18-2012, 09:20 PM
As a suggestion...if you really liked the other coin.....maybe you can put a deposit down on it with the seller and work out arrangements(like a layaway)to make payments and in no time you will become the proud owner of another piece of American history!!!
Take it easy.....Leo
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