Happy New Year to all... The EAC 2013 Happening winners have been chosen. The below will also appear in Region 8 and January's Penny-Wise. Gentlemen (and Ladies) start you coppers !
2013 EAC Convention Large Cent "Happening" Varieties chosen.
Thanks to all who took the time to send me suggestions for the 2013 EAC Convention Large Cent "Happening" varieties. I received many interesting worthy suggestions. Ultimately, I had to load the Ark with only 7 varieties..... earlies, middles, and latecomers.......anyway, selections combined virtues of rarity, die states, availability in decent grades/or not, "coolness" factor, and whether or not the variety had been previously featured in a prior "Happening". Since I received no bribes (or threats).....all were consider on a level playing field.
I also want to thank all who volunteered their time to bring the 2013 convention attendees an evening of real copper ecstasy. Actually, I believe that you are the ones that will derive the most fun and enjoyment from the " Happening". A BIG THANK YOU ! I will be contacting all volunteers via e-mail and sending a set of "Volunteer Happening Instructions" about 30 days prior to the convention.
Lastly, I do have a request for 1 or possibly two more volunteers to round out the LCH staff. If you would like to join our volunteer group and have some real fun, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here we go with the 2013 EAC Large Cent "Happening" Varieties:
1794 S-36. R5. A tough variety. Hard to find at a decent grade level. Just might be a '94 crowd pleaser. I'm counting on the '94 specialists to come through with some of the better examples, as the majority of us don't have one of these.
1794 S-62 R4+. A '94 favorite. A neat CUD in the later die state. The perfect early state without the CUD is rare.
1798 S-156. R5+ Style I hair. Reverse of 1796. A tough coin. Even tougher in decent grades above VG. The Census lists a 30 net 25 coin as the top-ranked example. The later state develops a neat obverse die crack.
1802 S-239. R3. a.k.a. the "elephant trunk" variety". Not rare....but cool. Neat and interesting die state progressions. Someone bring that EDS, state I example, with a berry showing right of T in CENT.
1835 N11. R4+. A difficult middle date in higher grades. A nice progression of the deterioration of reverse die from early through middle, then to late, exhibiting a heavy reverse CUD.
1838 N14. R4. The "Young Heads" don't always get due respect. The '38 N14 is an interesting variety with neat die states, including a serious and rare CUD in the terminal state. Quite scarce in high grades, with only about 3 currently known in mint sate.
1852 N23. R6-. Another tough and popular late date that exhibits a nice progression die states beginning with the "perfect" state a. Then all "H" breaks loose on the reverse. A reverse CUD at K 5-6, in state b, finally advancing to add another reverse CUD at K2 in state d.
So there you have it.....the 2013 EAC Large Cent "Happening" field of all-American beauties ! Bring yours to compete in the upcoming event this May in Ohio.
As is always the case at a "Happening", coins will be up for inspection. If you do not want your coin to be handled, please bring them in a "Kointain"or similar clear protective viewing device.
Variety ADDED on 01-03-2013 ( See additional message below)
1846N16. R5. Tall Date. A tough late date. Comes "perfect", then with neat die state obverse CUD progression, first between star 10 and 11 and inching-up to to include a break or second connecting CUD from start 9 to 11 in state d. Can anyone guess the rarest CUD state?.