I picked this coin up very reasonable. The obverse has an interesting problem. I am new to EAC and EAD thinking. Before EAC I would have just passed on this coin no matter the price. But it was an 1823 non overdate, so I bought it. Could anyone tell me what happened to this coin. There is a connecting line that connects the stars. Is it a die break or ? Thanks for any information, Steve aka #steven2. Well after a couple of days without any information, I listed this and eight more on ebay. We will see what happens. lc2 001.jpglc2 002.jpglc2 003.jpglc2 004.jpg
Last edited by 3steven2; 05-27-2012 at 05:34 PM.
Looks to me like a huge grease spot on the obverse die. No post -strike damage to the head. Quite collectable!
Not a sorry coin at all - Hugh may be right.
Ok, let me be the devil's advocate here.
That is a rather well centered piece of grease, further, the "grease" would have to have been a solid in order to form the sharp bordering just inside the stars under the pressure of striking yet, so fluid as to have not filled the recesses of the die forming the lettering on the coronet. I have lots of trouble believing that!.
This is most likely an asid etched copper. My guess is that it was etched useing a product like 'nic-a-date' in order to try and enhance the head and hair details. It IS a great filler for a tough year of cent but there is no way that what is seen on the obverse is in any way confuseable with a mint manufacturing variation ( IMHO ).
Thank you for your thoughts. First of all, my knowledge of large cents and how they were made could fit in a dixie cup. I have joined eac to learn and have fun. I love a mystery! When I looked at the coin under a 10X and the damage is identical on both sides of the obverse. What I mean is that the minute pitting is the same on the entire face of the coin. This coin looks like it was never cleaned or worked. I know there are people out there who can rework lead and turn it into gold, but this is or was a low priced coin. I have to say, when I first looked at the coin I thought someone had poured acid on the coin. This coin is very dark and shows its age..........Anyway, thank you for any help...........and it is still a mystery.
I bid on that coin for the first several days and decided to let it go.....I couldn't figure out exactly what variety it was. Sorta sorry I
didn't continue !! all the best.....scott
Thank you for the bids. It sold and I made a profit and bought a bunch more to sell on ebay. I put them up and we shall see. I am happy for any bids I get. I except personal checks or anything else from EAC people. I hate paying Paypal fees.
Thanks for the note,