Salvaging a cull
A while back LBRC showed me an 1816 N1 with the huge reverse cud. It was about a 3 net 1, heavily worn and dark & very rough. It was too pricey for me so I passed on that one. Later I went back for another look and Larry said the next man to look at it bought it. He then told me how rare that one is with that reverse cud. I choked as that old feeling of letting another great rarity go by crept up on me.
A couple of months later I received news that another one was available. I really like middle dates with huge cuds. It was holed and therefore probably not too expensive. I went for it. Attachment 0
The image I received proved to be very flattering to the coin. In hand it was bright orange from a power sanding. I just had to try to improve it. Here it is after I tapped down the hole bruises. I didn't have the perfect tools or experience and it shows in the workmanship. Here also is after a preliminary recoloring.Attachment 525Attachment 526. Then I filled the now smaller hole with modeling clay of carefully matching color. Here I learned that clay must be very acid and messiness with it can strip areas. Another recoloring and an oily brush left this:Attachment 527Attachment 528
Now I feel I have improved this coin from 7 net 2 cull to 7 net 3 average minus. There are many large cents out there uglier! And what a rare coin--not the worst known!
So I guess that folder wont attach to this. Trust me it was bright orange, especially on the obverse. I didn't really try to recolor the reverse much. The obverse had large bruises all the way around the hole on each side. Cull all the way!
Actually both sides had a heavy bruise around the hole.
Attachment 529Attachment 529 Maybe here is the first attachment.
Attachment 530Attachment 530Perhaps here is the obverse before salvaging.
Looks like you had fun playing around with that one.....and that is a factor that is hard to judge or put a value on. Coin collecting to me is about the hunt, fun and enjoyment I receive from finding that coin which will fit in my set. Yes, I have minimum strict standards(objectives and conditions) that must be met before I buy a coin to fit in my set(collection)but to me collecting is also about the people/friends I meet, the dealers I form a relationship with and friendship. And the shows, conventions and the coins I buy on impulse or 'Penny-Whimsy'.....that I buy just for the 'He$$' of it. There is no way to put a price or value on friendship, enjoyment and satisfaction you get/receive from collecting over the years or the knowledge you pick up and learn and can pass on to someone newer than you at the hobby. That is one reason why our club(organization or society)is successful.....because of the people in the club who share their knowledge, passion and love for these 'silly' pieces of round metal, made of copper and have a very nominal face value.......
Take it easy.....Leo
I have minimum strict standards too! The big fat cud, the r7 rarity, and the two-figure price tag met those standards! I'd rather have everything than nice ones only, as far as middle date cents are concerned. All other areas of my set are incomplete/taking forever because I'd rather have nice or not at all. Depending...;)
I also picked up valuable knowledge that will help me improve my 1815 cent when I get it out of the safe deposit box. It's an 1845 that needs one more tap.