hi everyone, my name's Mike Pasella and i'm 27. I have always been interested in american history and american coins.... but when I discovered large cents I was no longer interested in any other coins. I have been collecting and researching large cents for several years, but only recently joined EAC. Here's a little story I have on my website, www.mikesamericanhistory.com....
"When I was about 8 years old, my grandfather introduced me to the world of coin collecting. I was immediately hooked. I began collecting and researching coins, and I never stopped. I have also always been interested in history, particularly that of the United States. I have always felt that holding a coin from a certain period in time, ties me to that period of time and anyone who has ever handled that coin. The first U.S. large cent I'd ever owned was a 1795 Liberty Cap (minted only 2 years after the U.S. mint produced its first coins in 1793). Holding that coin I felt more connected to American History than ever before. It wasn't a pristine $20 Gold Double Eagle that was sealed away in a vault for 100 years, nor was it a slabbed Carson City Silver Dollar never handled by a human outside of the mint, but it was a dented, bent, and well spent copper. Large cents were the coins of the common man. I held it in my hands and just imagined the possibilities of who could have handled it. From then on I've had a fascination with those early coppers, particularly those minted in Philadelphia between 1793 and 1814.
......so that's a little about me. I love the early coppers and am starting to get more interested in the middle and later dates. I look forward to getting to know everyone and talk early coppers with you! -mike
Welcome Mike! Browse around and don't be shy! I'll have to check out your site. My blog is www.numistories.com.
Early dates are very interesting but are usually either in bottom grades like G4 or less or wildly expensive. I love middle dates because they're available and cheaper. The average ones grade G6 or VG7. Late dates usually come in grades of F15 to VF 20. All higher grades are very collectible.
Welcome aboard, Mike. Sure sounds like you're hooked on coppers, as are we all on this site. If you haven't as yet done so, check out the pics of and comments about counterstamped coppers. Like your 1795, they've been abused, but that abuse is often telling of their travels ... Enjoy!
Mike, welcome aboard...I also find our Early American history very fascinating, fun to study and also think about who's hands the coins have been in. I have decided to study and collect the neglected Late Dates as they are fun and more affordable in higher grades. I do really enjoy the 1793's and 1794's and pick one up every now and then. But there sure is enough coins and areas to study to keep everyone busy. Maybe you can come to the EAC Convention this May and see a whole bunch of crazy people all in one place under one roof!!!
Take it easy.....Leo