Hello from South Texas
Hello Everyone – my name is Pete and I live in South Texas. I have just joined EACS and have been working hard to learn about Early American Copper. It looks like I am going to need a lot of help! I am in the process of gathering a library now.
I started collecting by sorting through Lincoln Cents in the 1940s. At the time, I was even able to remove a few Barber Half Dollars and Quarters from circulation! My collecting was half-hearted, at best, through the sixties. I know that I became slightly more serious about it in the late seventies because I found, in my library, a Bicentennial Edition of the Blue Book! Now I am back – with a focus on Early American Copper. I already had a few pieces handed down in the family and have recently acquired a few more, just to “get my feet wet”.
I am still trying to define the goals and objectives for my collection and I am making some progress on that – at this point, early large cents (1793-1814) are quite attractive for me. It seems to me that coins from this time period possess a great deal of character, personality, interest and uniqueness. The only problem with this is that the budget seems to demand lower grades! Intuitively, I am more inclined to at least include an area where the budget will allow for the higher grades.
I feel like a kid in a candy store! It all looks good! The later dates certainly seem a little more affordable for better quality. I also have some half cents handed down from the family and they, too, look interesting. Then I start looking at Colonial Copper and it is fascinating. I know…I need to settle down! I would be pleased to hear any guidance anyone has to offer!
I may be too old for this, but I have been a perpetual student, and I look forward to learning from those of you who are willing to teach. I have already found the forums quite helpful.
Welcome. I'm fairly new as well and have learned quite a lot already.
What part of Texas do you hail from? I was born & raised in Houston myself.
We all understand your newly founded passion for Early American Copper and of course it would be a good idea to have goals and set up criteria for obtaining your goals. The first goal I would recommend is to do research, start a library(always buy the reference books before the coins)and learn how to grade. EAC 'Net Grading' is different then commercial grading and is learned through examining coins and asking questions of the EAC Dealers and other EAC collectors. Then decide on an area of interest or series(like Early Dates which you mentioned)and do your research and look at many examples and get comfortable at grading and the corresponding pricing structure. You can still pick up the two most current Pricing Guides(CQR and Penny Prices)which will give you a basis and 'only an idea' as to current pricing since these came out a couple of years ago and prices have been steadily going up. As you begin to collect you can always change your collecting parameters to include other series as you branch out. But first get started with the reference books, the pricing guides and of critical importance...learn to grade!!!
Take it easy.....Leo
Welcome aboard, Pete. I share your interest in the earlier dates and colonial issues. I've long felt that many of the colonials are under-priced in today's market. Decent specimens of many varieties can be had for a few hundred dollars or so ... Massachusetts, NJ, Vermont, Fugios, etc. The supply of these seems to be drying up at shows ... perhaps, telling of times to come. Look for decent planchets, but don't let the good strikes on faulty planchets get away.
As a humble suggestion, you might give consideration to forming a type set of colonial and U.S. coppers. Last year, I invested in the "Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins." While the more advanced collectors of these coins have found many faults within the book, I've found it to be quite interesting and a fine resource for basic attribution. It'll whet your appetite, too.
Hey Pete, I too am a newbie to EACS and I'm from North Texas. See my greeting for a good list of Copper books you may want to acquire for your library in the near future. Sure am looking forward to getting my new member package and hopefully going to a EAC convention soon! Good to see a few other new members around here too.