Hello Everyone – my name is Pete and I live in South Texas. I have just joined EACS and have been working hard to learn about Early American Copper. It looks like I am going to need a lot of help! I am in the process of gathering a library now.
I started collecting by sorting through Lincoln Cents in the 1940s. At the time, I was even able to remove a few Barber Half Dollars and Quarters from circulation! My collecting was half-hearted, at best, through the sixties. I know that I became slightly more serious about it in the late seventies because I found, in my library, a Bicentennial Edition of the Blue Book! Now I am back – with a focus on Early American Copper. I already had a few pieces handed down in the family and have recently acquired a few more, just to “get my feet wet”.
I am still trying to define the goals and objectives for my collection and I am making some progress on that – at this point, early large cents (1793-1814) are quite attractive for me. It seems to me that coins from this time period possess a great deal of character, personality, interest and uniqueness. The only problem with this is that the budget seems to demand lower grades! Intuitively, I am more inclined to at least include an area where the budget will allow for the higher grades.
I feel like a kid in a candy store! It all looks good! The later dates certainly seem a little more affordable for better quality. I also have some half cents handed down from the family and they, too, look interesting. Then I start looking at Colonial Copper and it is fascinating. I know…I need to settle down! I would be pleased to hear any guidance anyone has to offer!
I may be too old for this, but I have been a perpetual student, and I look forward to learning from those of you who are willing to teach. I have already found the forums quite helpful.