A while back LBRC showed me an 1816 N1 with the huge reverse cud. It was about a 3 net 1, heavily worn and dark & very rough. It was too pricey for me so I passed on that one. Later I went back for another look and Larry said the next man to look at it bought it. He then told me how rare that one is with that reverse cud. I choked as that old feeling of letting another great rarity go by crept up on me.
A couple of months later I received news that another one was available. I really like middle dates with huge cuds. It was holed and therefore probably not too expensive. I went for it. Attachment 0
The image I received proved to be very flattering to the coin. In hand it was bright orange from a power sanding. I just had to try to improve it. Here it is after I tapped down the hole bruises. I didn't have the perfect tools or experience and it shows in the workmanship. Here also is after a preliminary recoloring.16 n1 tds obv during.jpg16 n1 tds rev during.jpg. Then I filled the now smaller hole with modeling clay of carefully matching color. Here I learned that clay must be very acid and messiness with it can strip areas. Another recoloring and an oily brush left this:16 n1 tds obv.jpg16 n1 tds rev.jpg
Now I feel I have improved this coin from 7 net 2 cull to 7 net 3 average minus. There are many large cents out there uglier! And what a rare coin--not the worst known!