Favorite or Most Desired Middle Dates
While I do love my early dates, I have a very special attraction to middle dates, and new "wow" finds like Tom Deck's 1825 N-5 are great for us middle date collectors.
Which of your special middle dates do you value the most and why, even though they may not be one of the rarer or rarest varieties ?
Last edited by DennisCD; 08-08-2012 at 03:23 AM.
Only 1500 estimated to exist, per PCGS
I love 1821s............N1 or 2
Both of your choices are excellent ones. I prize my 1821's and 1823's also. Your 1823 N-2 choice cudabob leaves me with a nice EAC memory. I had my sights set on a last minute snipe on a nice 1823 N-2 on eBay back in 2007 when my electrical power went out 3 minutes before the auction was to end. I was absolutely frantic.
I lost my 1823 N-2, but back in 2007 the winning eBay bidders names were not scrambled, and I noticed that Craig Hamling won "my" 1823 N-2. I immediately contacted Craig via e-mail, told him my story, and asked him if he would sell this N-2 to me if if didn't fit his collection.
Craig told me that if this 1823 N-2 was not a nice as his own 1823 N-2 when it arrived, he would sell it to me for his winning bid cost plus his shipping expenses. I have had this 1823 N-2 since then, and I have purchased several other large cents from Craig Hamling since then. Thanks again Craig !
1823 N-2 R2 Normal Date.jpg
1824 N-5. I bought 2 in one week off ebay over 2 years ago. Try to do that now!
I used to also "score" on the rare or rarer elusive varieties on eBay a few years ago, but our EAC brethren have obviously caught up to this tactic on middle dates as well.
I thought that I was going to pick up a high condition-census 1830 N-11 R5 on the cheap a month ago on eBay, but I'm sure that our alert EAC buddies tripled the sell price within the last 30 seconds. It was fascinating - and frustrating - to watch it unfold in fast motion. I wanted this large cent bad, so I got it anyway; but not for anything close to the super-score that I had hoped for.
Here is my favorite G6 middle date, a 30 N6. It is one of only two among over 700 coppers that I consider choice "plus." That's all grades and types and dates! It is the third of the variety that I have owned and wouldn't trade it for an average vf 20. 30 n6 obv.jpg30 n6 rev.jpg I bought it in the early '90's for $11. Since then I've only bought one other & sold it for gas money. Quite rare.
Very choice 1830 N6 Hugh - although your G6 grade seems a bit on the harsh side to me considering the choice and clean nature of your reverse. I have owned several not quite so choice N6's until I picked up a nice one from Chris McCawley a few years ago - although your $11 was no doubt from a long-lost and fun era of unattributed large cent collecting. Choice examples of this N6 variety are harder to come by than their R4 status suggests.
1830 N-6 R4 Small Letters.jpg
I do like the 1834 N-5 as one of my favorites, and I have owned several of them trying to upgrade this expensive variety along the way. This is my most recent acquisition from Colonel Steven. It would probably take a pretty expensive new one to replace it, but I do like it's character as is.
1834 N-5 R5 Lg. 8, Lg. Stars, Sm. Letters.jpg
I too lost coins to H Craig a few years back. It seemed like I was the underbidder on every coin I wanted. I won a few but he was just clearly bidding to the moon to outbid everyone and I finally gave up. I did drive him too high on a few.
Originally Posted by DennisCD