hi everyone, my name's Mike Pasella and i'm 27. I have always been interested in american history and american coins.... but when I discovered large cents I was no longer interested in any other coins. I have been collecting and researching large cents for several years, but only recently joined EAC. Here's a little story I have on my website, www.mikesamericanhistory.com....
"When I was about 8 years old, my grandfather introduced me to the world of coin collecting. I was immediately hooked. I began collecting and researching coins, and I never stopped. I have also always been interested in history, particularly that of the United States. I have always felt that holding a coin from a certain period in time, ties me to that period of time and anyone who has ever handled that coin. The first U.S. large cent I'd ever owned was a 1795 Liberty Cap (minted only 2 years after the U.S. mint produced its first coins in 1793). Holding that coin I felt more connected to American History than ever before. It wasn't a pristine $20 Gold Double Eagle that was sealed away in a vault for 100 years, nor was it a slabbed Carson City Silver Dollar never handled by a human outside of the mint, but it was a dented, bent, and well spent copper. Large cents were the coins of the common man. I held it in my hands and just imagined the possibilities of who could have handled it. From then on I've had a fascination with those early coppers, particularly those minted in Philadelphia between 1793 and 1814.
......so that's a little about me. I love the early coppers and am starting to get more interested in the middle and later dates. I look forward to getting to know everyone and talk early coppers with you! -mike