View Full Version : EAC members get 10% of any early coppers i sell on ebay
01-13-2013, 09:20 PM
Hi everyone, just letting everyone know that from now on, any EAC member who buys an early American copper from me on ebay, receives a 10% discount off their winning bid. Its not much but just a little something to keep the coppers in our community.... I only have a few on there right now, but one is a 1828 N8. My ebay seller name is mikesamericanhistory7 as well, and my auctions can also be accessed through my website www.mikesamericanhistory.com. if you win one of my auctions, send me a message saying your an eac member and include your member number for my records and ill send you an invoice with the discount. Thanks, mike pasella
01-13-2013, 11:48 PM
Every bit helps. Check me out at furrykidsstuff on eBay. I have upgraded a couple key coins and relisted the coins to pay for the new ones. I will offer you the same courtesy.
01-14-2013, 09:45 PM
Mike, welcome aboard and glad to see another member posting. And thank you for the heads up on your eBay listings and the 10% discount to EAC Members. I see by your earlier post that you collect the Early Dates...good for you as those coins are really fascinating. I decided to specialize in the Late Dates(about 7-8 years ago)because at the time there were not a lot of collectors and the prices were more reasonable. But I really do also like the coins of 1793 and 1794 and would love to add to my collection. And I do when they don't bite too hard but of course that means I am buying the lower grade specimens.....which is fine by me as there is nothing wrong with them just good old wear.....and they have seen more use!!!
Anyways, if enough of us show interest in having a category set up for all kinds of subjects...maybe we can get the Administrator to add a new heading which will address topics other than coins!!!
Take it easy.....Leo
01-15-2013, 03:23 PM
Hi Leo, I enjoy all large cents, but I love how some of the early ones are just so unique! Incorrect fractions, wrong letters, missing stems, there's just so much character there. As I am by no means wealthy my early dates are mostly extremely low grades! Which is okay with me... each nick, ding, hole, or stamp is just proof that the coin was used to its potential as currency. I am probably more of a historian than a typical coin collector.... a mint state coin is beautiful, but for me a coin with a story to tell is just more appealing. As collecting all of the Sheldon varieties is kind of a lifetime goal of mine, most middle and later dates I aquire are sold or traded for early dates. Talk to you soon. -mike pasella
01-15-2013, 06:52 PM
I agree... The Early Dates were made when the Human Factor could and did add character to the dies and thus the coins. And of course the presses were antiquated by the European Standards of the day. And everything pretty much was done by hand and then they used Old Presses. I like all the errors as well but would at least like to buy coins which have a grade of fine or better...when I can. Being that you enjoy history what would be your opinion on what a Half or Large Cent could purchase back then. How much did everything cost...because when you see a Western movie or TV show I figure a shot of Whiskey or a Beer did not cost a Silver Dollar. So for example, if you rode into town stabled your horse for the night...got a room, a bath, shave and a meal what did that realistically cost? Any insights you may have would be appreciated!!!
Take it easy.....Leo
01-15-2013, 07:37 PM
Leo, that's a great question! While there are inflation calculators that claim all kinds of values, I think there is no way to be totally sure..... our throw away society that pushes inferior Chinese goods in order to save money is so far from the US pre-civil war, that we can't imagine the buying power of our precious coppers. For instance the value of a coin would have been much higher in an urban setting than in a rural. Farmers put little value in money.... they would trade goods and were more worried about being self sufficient than holding copper, silver, or gold. However in cities, people were more like us today, and completely relied on money to purchase our necessities..... that's my long answer, but in short...... our coppers were worth much more then... A cent currently buys nothing. The only reason any circulating coinage is produced is to fulfill government contracts established years ago. -mike pasella
01-15-2013, 07:54 PM
Mike, thank you for your time and consideration...I wonder where would you begin researching to see what one cent or a nickel would purchase. You bring up valid points that I didn't even consider, but are true, in Rural America they did trade goods for services or other goods and bartering was a way of life. And of course in cities and towns money was used for most all transactions. Maybe someone can chime in with their thoughts because now my curiosity is flaring and I do want to find out the answer(s) to the questions we have posed!!!
Take it easy.....Leo
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