New from CA
My name is Guy. I've been actively collecting for about 27 years, but didn't really get into copper so much until three years ago. Now copper is about all I collect. I collect early, middle, and late date large cents including any varieties I can find. Just started buying the books this year and so far have Penny Whimsy and US Cents 1840-1857, and am waiting on the Wright book to arrive. I've also been trying to find the Noyes books. As well as large cents I also love collecting civil war tokens, store cards and other tokens that catch my eye.
This looks like a great forum and I hope to learn a lot here.
Hi Guy --- Matt Yohe is to be commended for setting this forum up and I think you will learn quite a lot here. If possible, get to one of our conventions. You will overdose on copper and never feel better. -- Chuck
I'm also "New from CA" and my name is Dennis. Like many of you, I started collecting coins in my blue Whitman folders in the late 50's as a kid. While playing poker with my buddies as a teenager in the early 60's, a new kid with no cash wanted to buy into our poker games with his Dad's "big pennies" if someone would give him normal cash for them for him to play with. I had never seen "big pennies" before. I was completely hooked on them, and I became his buy-in banker. Fast forward past college, dating, career, marriage, kids; and the internet in the late 90's actually brought me back to my love of my "big pennies".
I purchased all of the large cent bibles and attribution books on-line, and shopped eBay and the on-line coin sellers. After joining EAC, my network of knowledge expanded greatly to include eBay, the EAC dealer and collector links, and the sources of really nice varieties from Chris Victor-McCawley, Shawn Yancey, Craig Hamling, plus the periodic Heritage and Goldman auctions.
In terms of my large cent collecting, I started building a nice date set, and when completed I moved on to building a "Redbook" set, then expanded within the dates I especially liked (1797, 1803, 1829, 1834, 1829, and 1839 are my favorites) with die-break, die-cud, and die varieties that I found interesting. I do like large cents "with character" in the EAC F-15 to AU-50 range, and always freed from their plastic coffins by me if I purchased them that way.
Thank you to all of you for this great network for our hobby !
Another Californian here. LA / Pasadena area if anyone wants to hang out and gab sometime. Early dates by Sheldon no matter the condition would likely describe my collection.
Guy - I can't tell you how helpful the Noyes books are. I choked at the price for the set, but have never regretted the investment after that time. The Breen books on early copper are good ones, too. You might keep an eye on eBay for the Noyes books from a seller named Numislit (Charles Davis) or simply contact him from an ad in PW. I'm not sure that he always advertises there, but you should find an ad if you go through enough copies.