Easiest Early Date to Attribute
Alright everyone, we've got the most amazing collection of copper knowledge on the planet here. It's time to start spreading it around. Early coppers collectors, what's the easiest early date to attribute the various varieties and what's your secret? Weigh in!
It's a three-way tie between 1804, 1806 and 1809, because there's only one variety for each date!
Regarding dates with several varieties, 1801 would be up there on the list, due to all of the errors created that year.
In addition to Tom Deck's nominees (1804, 1806, and 1809), I'd say 1814, 1811, 1813, and 1805 in that order are the easiest. All of them are "arms length" attributions after you've seen a couple.
As for dates with more than two or three varieties, I would nominate 1795 as the easiest:
LETTERED EDGE (S-73-76)
a. 5 is clear of bust, hyphen-shape die chip between E-R = S-73
b. top bar of 5 imbedded in bust / both sides of wreath terminate in single leaf = S-74
c. Same obv as b / r. side of wreath terminates in double leaf = S-75
d. Tip of 5 imbedded in bust, LIB lower than RTY / ONE CENT high in wreath, triplet leaf under D = S-276a
e. Same obv and rev as 276a, but much thinner, lighter weight, and edge plain instead of lettered = S-76b
f. Same obv as 276ab / Five triplets on l. branch, four on r branch. Dot within the triangle of first A in AMERICA - S-77
g. Tip of 5 barely touches bust; pole extends to rim / ONE CENT central in wreath, both wreath ends single leaf = S78
h. Reeded Edge = S-79. Don't worry about recognizing this one - worry about finding one!
i. "Jefferson Head" = S-80. Once you see a picture of this one, you'll recognize it forever.
Last edited by wcprc; 11-10-2011 at 01:14 PM.
It's probably not fair to pick out the single-variety dates, but then the 1804 does indeed have three very distinct die states, which can be identified from across the room!
The 1797 S-134 with the large "period" in front of the throat jumps at me every time I see one.
S-134 jumps out at me for another reason - the reverse: Thick ONE CENT and small fraction. A unique reverse for the date.
The variety that jumps out at me every time is 1800 S-202. It can be identified across the room, even if your eyesight isn't that good!
Matt - 1807's are not too tough