What's the attraction
I don't know much about the late dates. Could some of you late date fans list your top reason for focusing on them? I'm starting to develop a certain attraction for these lovely ladies.
I have two main attractions to them. First is value, you can get really nice xf large cents with a lot of meat on it for pretty reasonably prices, in many cases for the same amount of money as a very worn draped bust.
The second reason I am attracted to them is the opportunity to find rare varieties, cuds, and rotations still floating around in the wild. Pretty much every week an R5 or higher late date (either variety or cud) sells on ebay unattributed, and while I realize this means their rarity is much overstated currently, it's still fun to search for and find a cud with only 10 known examples, or to find the 14th known 54n30. I really enjoy the hunt.
I happen to enjoy all Early American Copper...whether they are Colonial, Half Cents or Large Cents and have concentrated my interest on Large Cents. Since years ago most everyone was concentrating on Early Date Large Cents and Middle Dates and the prices were rising to considerable levels...it became obvious to me that the Late Dates were being ignored. And since I am like everyone else...having a limited budget, I decided to focus my attention on the Late Dates and also because I like the design. Now...fast forward to current times people are beginning to notice Late Dates and the prices have been rising as demand increases. I will continue to work on my Die Variety set of Late Dates and am now buying the Cuds(Die States), Delisted Varieties and Scarce and Rare Die States. I am also working on bringing my Average Median Grade for my Late Date set to above XF-40. I currently am at a Median Grade of VF-38.54...with many to upgrade(over 100 Varieties) as well as procuring the missing Die Varieties to complete my set. There is a Late Date Report Called Common Cents Report(CCR) which is being published by Gary Hahn(with assistance from his friend, Eric Fix)that one can join if interested. All you need to do is report your collection to Gary and you will be included in the publication which he has printed up once a year. In the CCR is a listing of all members who have volunteered their collection information and then what grade they have for each reported Die Variety for each year. It's fun to be a member and see what others are collecting and what they have...so if you are interested in joining, as it's free, contact Gary or Eric!!!
Take it easy.....Leo