Tag: copper coins

Penny Sells for a Million Dollars!

Penny Sells for a Million Dollars!

Heritage Auctions Platinum Night: Interviewer: David Lisot, Samuel Foose, Heritage Auctioneer, John Kraljevich, Numismatist Actually it was not a penny, it was a cent. A 1793 Chain Cent in PCGS CAC MS65 condition sold at a Heritage Auction for more than $1 million. See the room full of people at a legendary Heritage Auction Galleries […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1793 Cent sets $1.38 Million Auction Record for a Copper coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1793 Cent sets $1.38 Million Auction Record for a Copper coin

News & Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the  coin collecting community #89 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek In the Heritage auction at the FUN Convention in Orlando, two different coins each sold for $1.38 million each. On Wed., Jan. 4, a 1793 Chain Cent was the first, and, on Thurs. Jan. […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The 1793 Large Cents of Denis Loring

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The 1793 Large Cents of Denis Loring

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the  collecting community #87 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds For decades, Denis Loring has been one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable collectors of large cents. The interest level in a large cent is almost always greater if Loring was a present or previous owner […]

By December 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Cleaned Copper May Be Challenging to Detect

Cleaned Copper May Be Challenging to Detect

Posted by David W. Lange, NGC Research Director This month Dave discusses the difficulty of detecting cleaned copper and bronze coins. My recent column on the mistaken perception held by many that old coin albums will still prompt attractive toning on coins today elicited a great deal of comment from both collectors and dealers. It […]

By October 25, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Sale of the Al Boka Collection of Large Cents by Heritage Auctions

Sale of the Al Boka Collection of Large Cents by Heritage Auctions

Sam Foose, Chief Auctioneer David Lisot, Interviewer Heritage Auctions has sold a collection of high-grade large cents assembled by collector Al Boka. Consignment Director and auctioneer Sam Foose discusses some highlights of the sale. 1:52 Sale of the Al Boka Collection of Large Cents by Heritage Auctions   Sale of the Al Boka Collection of […]

By September 16, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Al Boka Collection of Large Cents ‘By Date’

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Al Boka Collection of Large Cents ‘By Date’

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #71 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Thursday, Sept 8th, at 7:00 PM PT, Heritage will auction Al Boka’s collection of large cents ‘by date.’ It is the lead offering of U.S. coins in Heritage’s official auction of the Long Beach […]

By September 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Al Boka Copperheads Collection Featured in Long Beach Auction

Al Boka Copperheads Collection Featured in Long Beach Auction

Early American Copper enthusiasts have been saving up their, um, pennies, since they found out that we will be offering The Al Boka Copperheads Collection as a part of the 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction, to be held September 8-11 as a part of the festivities at the Long Beach Coin and […]

By September 5, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 1, copper and silver

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 1, copper and silver

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #57 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In my columns of April 6th and of April 13th, I wrote about the first auction by the recently formed Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers-ANR entity. In my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, I discussed the merger that […]

Early American Coppers Market Report

Early American Coppers Market Report

June 2011 Long Beach Expo Video News Tom Reynolds Early American Coin Gallery, Owner Interviewer: David Lisot Tom Reynolds reports on trading in early American copper coins. He comments on the relationship between bullion and early cent collecting.     Early American Coppers Market Report Long Beach Expo Copyright © June, 2011

Members Comments on the EAC Convention

Members Comments on the EAC Convention

Hear comments from EAC club members, why they join and what it is about these coins that are so fascinating. Some of these folks have never been to an EAC Convention before and they explain what it is like to attend.   Member comments Early American Coppers Convention Copyright © May, 2011

EAC 2011 “Happening”

EAC 2011 “Happening”

When members of the Early American Coppers gather for one of their conventions participants bring coins with them to sell and trade as well as those in their collections. On opening night of the convention everyone gathers for what is called the “Happening”where a room is set up for large cents, half cents, Colonials and […]

Byzantine Bronzes at EAC

Byzantine Bronzes at EAC

Members of EAC are collectors of early American copper coins. Once you get the “copper bug” you find out that copper coins have been used for centuries as a medium of exchange. Hear collector/dealer Jerry Bobbe describe and show a collection of rare Byzantine coppers even bigger than American large cents.   Byzantine Bronzes at […]

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets #47 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported in my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, the West Coast auction firm of B&M, a subsidiary of Spectrum, merged with Stack’s, an East Coast coin firm. Spectrum, a Fortune 500 company, owns 51% […]

Coin Profile: St. Patrick Halfpenny

Coin Profile: St. Patrick Halfpenny

The St Patrick halfpenny was a milled coin minted in the 17th century in England, Ireland and Wales. The reverse design shows King David kneeling playing a harp while gazing up at the royal crown of England. One peculiarity of the harp is that it bears a semi-nude winged female figure on the pillar, a […]

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Half Cents – 1793 Flowing Hair Half Cent

Half Cents – 1793 Flowing Hair Half Cent

Description: The 1793 Liberty Cap has obvious significance as the first Half Cent produced by the Mint, and is also a highly coveted one-year type. In the informative Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents: 1793-1857 Breen wrote that the Philadelphia Mint prepared two obverse and three reverse dies for this issue between April and July, […]

By October 10, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Half Cents – 1794 Half Cent Liberty Cap Head Facing Right- Large Head

Half Cents – 1794 Half Cent Liberty Cap Head Facing Right- Large Head

The half cent coin was produced in the United States from 1793-1857. The half-cent piece was made of 100% copper. It was slightly smaller than a modern U.S. quarter, with a diameter of 23.5 mm (0.93 inch). Although it is the lowest face value coin ever produced by the United States, given nineteenth century price […]

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Half Cents – Liberty Cap Half Cent, Head Facing Right, Small Head, 1795-1797

Half Cents – Liberty Cap Half Cent, Head Facing Right, Small Head, 1795-1797

Description: Though 1794 half cents are sometimes included in the Liberty Cap, Head Facing Right type, there are differences that distinguish that date from half cents produced from 1795 through 1797. Chief Engraver Robert Scot’s 1794 Liberty design was adapted from the Libertas Americana medal, a design by French medalist Augustin Dupre to commemorate America’s […]

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Half Cents – Draped Bust Half Cent, 1800-1808

Half Cents – Draped Bust Half Cent, 1800-1808

Description: Half cents were authorized by the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, were first produced in 1793, but were not popular with the public. It is perhaps for this reason that it wasn’t until 1800 that Engraver Robert Scot adapted the Gilbert Stuart design to the half cent. Stuart’s design first appeared on the […]

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Half Cents – Classic Head Half Cent, 1809-1836

Half Cents – Classic Head Half Cent, 1809-1836

Description: Robert Patterson, a respected scholar with ties to President Thomas Jefferson, was appointed Director of the U.S. Mint in 1805. As Director, he was instrumental in the ascension of John Reich to the position of Second Engraver under Chief Engraver Robert Scot. Reich came to this country from Germany as an indentured servant to […]

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Half Cents – Braided Hair Half Cent, 1840-1857

Half Cents – Braided Hair Half Cent, 1840-1857

Description: By 1809 the half cent was not a denomination as frequently used in commerce as was the cent and various foreign coins that circulated during this era in the United States. Lowered public demand and the difficulty in securing sufficient copper blanks for production resulted in the suspension of half cent production after the […]

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Large Cents – 1793 Chain Cent – Ameri. Reverse

Large Cents – 1793 Chain Cent – Ameri. Reverse

Description: Considered the first Chain cent produced, and struck between February 27th and March 12th, 1793, the first coinage of the fledgling United States Mint after the facility was ready for operations. Sheldon-1 The abbreviated legend on the reverse almost certainly represents a layout problem that resulted from the engraver’s inexperience. Presumably, the engraver laid […]

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Large Cents – 1793 Chain Cent – America Reverse

Large Cents – 1793 Chain Cent – America Reverse

Description:Chain Cents were struck only briefly in 1793, replaced by the more available Wreath Cent type, presumably due to contemporary criticism of the chain device. The March 18, 1793 edition of Philadelphia’s The Mail, or Claypoole’s Daily Advertiser stated the opinion, “The chain on the reverse is but a bad omen for liberty.” Five die […]

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Large Cents – 1793 Wreath Cent

Large Cents – 1793 Wreath Cent

Description: The Chain cents produced early in 1793 received immediate criticism. The obverse Liberty was considered an unflattering portrait of the symbol of freedom, particularly in the rendition of the hair which was described as unkempt or even savage in appearance. The reverse chain motif, apparently intended to represent the unity of the states, was […]

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Large Cents – Liberty Cap Cent, 1793-1796

Large Cents – Liberty Cap Cent, 1793-1796

Description: The Liberty Cap design by Joseph Wright was derived from what today is likely one of the most popular early medals, the Libertas Americana medal by Augustin DuprŽ. Sponsored by Benjamin Franklin, the Libertas Americana medal not only symbolized American victories in our Revolutionary War, but also represented the friendship between France and the […]

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Large Cents – Classic Head Cent 1808-1814

Large Cents – Classic Head Cent 1808-1814

Description: Robert Patterson, an Irish immigrant, was a schoolmaster, shopkeeper, and mathematician, the teacher of the man who later surveyed the original boundaries of the District of Columbia. Principal of the Wilmington Academy in Delaware in the mid-1770s, he left that post to serve in the Revolutionary War, attaining the rank of brigade major. Following […]

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Large Cents – Modified Matron Head Cent, 1836-1839

Large Cents – Modified Matron Head Cent, 1836-1839

Description: Continuous modifications were made to the Matron Head cent starting in the mid-1830s, and the transitional nature of the changes has resulted in differences between reference texts regarding the dates dividing Engraver Robert Scot’s original design and the changes made later by William Kneass and Christian Gobrecht. Walter Breen (Walter BreenÕs Complete Encyclopedia of […]

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Large Cents – Braided Hair Cent, 1839-1857

Large Cents – Braided Hair Cent, 1839-1857

Description: Liberty Head Large cents were produced from 1816 through 1857. Modifications were made to the Matron Head style starting in the mid-1830s, and the transitional nature of the changes has resulted in differences between reference texts regarding the dates dividing the Robert Scot/ John Reich original design and the changes made later by William […]

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Small Cents – One Cent Flying Eagle, 1856-1858

Small Cents – One Cent Flying Eagle, 1856-1858

Description: By the early 1850s copper availability was limited, and the price of the raw metal rose to the point that the Mint lost money on every cent that was made. At the same time the large copper cents had become increasingly unpopular with the public, which thought the coins unattractive, too heavy, and too […]

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Small Cents – Indian Head Cent 1859 COPPER-NICKEL Laural Wreath Reverse

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent 1859 COPPER-NICKEL Laural Wreath Reverse

Description: The Indian Head one-cent coin was produced by the United States Mint from 1859 through 1909. It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint. The obverse of the coin shows UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, an Indian head facing to the left, wearing a feather bonnet. The word LIBERTY is […]

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Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Copper-Nickel, 1860-1864

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Copper-Nickel, 1860-1864

Description: James B. Longacre’s Indian Head design for the cent debuted in 1859. The previous Flying Eagle design had been minted for only three years (including the 1856 pattern, usually considered a regular issue by collectors). The apparent reason for the change from the Flying Eagle design was weakness in the strike, brought about because […]

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