Hello from New Jersey
My name is Scott and I am a new member.
I have just repatriated to the US a few months back after living in Europe for 20+ years. Great being back.
One of the things I looked forward to in returning (besides the fact that I could now watch NFL games at a decent hour) was getting back into my old hobby of coin collecting.
My main area's of focus are:
-Large Cents 1816-1857 (VF-XF)
-Flying Eagle and Indian Cents (VF-XF)
-Lincoln Cents (MS-64+ red only).
-Mercury Dimes (MS62+)
-Morgan Dollars (MS62+) and interest in VAM's
I do pick up lower grade coins/denominations for the starter sets I am making for my two boys, aged 3 and 5. Hoping to get my older boy into the hobby in the near future, but I have strong competition from Thomas the Train and Lightning McQueen.
I particularly enjoy the early coppers, especially the history attached to them. My main focus at the moment is completing the 1816-1857 main varieties date set. I am trying to do this at a level of XF, but i do have some down to the VF grade which I do look to upgrade. I am reading up on/learning everything I can about Large Cents. I am now in the process of searching out and acquiring the key books to help further my knowledge. Once I get a bit more "schooled" I will decide how and where to branch out for the collecting of the different varieties by date. Haven't yet quite figured out a strategy for that.
I started attending the monthly Parsipany Coin Show in NJ will find me lurking at the tables that have Large Cents. I have met a few EAC members there, and one of the dealers there who is a member recommended that I join, so here I am.
Glad to be part of the EAC family.
Welcome, It sounds like we are looking for the same coins in our large cent collections. How far along are you at this point?
Once you have the main Large cent books I would recommend auction catalogs. They are much cheaper then most reference books and they have amazing pictures of nearly every variety. The Dan Holmes and Ted Naftzger collections were sold through Goldberg auctions, 400 color pages for $25, can't beat it.
Thank you for the welcome.
Originally Posted by camlov2
I am pretty much at the beginning of my dated set; only 17 Large Cents. Several will need to be upgraded. I have recently been focusing on the 1840-1857 dates (although I will grab any good find from the earlier years 1816-1839 if I come across one, as I have been told and have learned good Large Cents are not easy to come by). My recent purchase was an 1842 large date (slabbed, XF-40 PCGS; now I have to learn and correctly attribute it according to EAC standards). I have found some similar quality 1839 varieties and may also pick them up soon.
I have read that the auction catalogs are a great source of information. Thank you for providing a specific reference. I will look for it. I urgently need to build my library for Large Cents. I would really like to start attributing what I have, especially some curious pieces with issues such as potential over-dates, doubling, cracks and lines.
Welcome! I love middle date large cents. An XF set sounds like a very nice set to work on. Hugh
Thanks Hugh. Enjoying every minute of it.
Welcome Scott, glad to see you have come over to the early copper side of collecting.....you are correct in buying the reference books first before buying the coins. And of course it takes time and practice to grade the coins by 'EAC Standards'...which are stricter than the rest of the industry. As we first come up with a sharpness grade and then we look at possible deductions which will bring the grade to what we call our 'Net Grade'. Usually we have found that the grading services are not as strict in their grading procedures as we are...and of course buy the best quality you can afford for a given date and coin. It takes time and practice in learning to grade by 'EAC standards' so look at as many coins as you can and seek out EAC Dealers and ask lots of questions. The reference books for Middle Dates are John Wright's book on Middle Dates and William C. Noyes recently came out with a two volume set(volumes 5 and 6)which covers Middle and Late Dates. For Late Dates you also have Bob Grellman's book which has been the standard in the industry. But Mr. Noye's books are excellent as well and will be a fantastic tool to use in learning more about Middle and Late Dates(as the pictures and descriptions are fantastic). All these books can be purchased so look at the ads at the back of issues of Penny-Wise and if you can make the convention next year you will see more copper in one place then you can find anywhere else(except maybe the ANA convention which is attended by all the EAC Dealers as well). Then pick up the two pricing guides...alsolisted in the back of Penny-Wise and you are good to go......My name is Leo and I am the Region 5 Secretary, which covers the Mid-West, but if I can be of assistance do not hesitate to contact me!!!
Take it easy.....Leo