Just for fun. Can you answer this numismatic question correctly without looking it up?

hchcoinhchcoin Posts: 4,379 ✭✭✭✭✭

Do United States large cents (other than the S-79) have a reeded edge or a smooth edge? Remember - don't look it up before hand :) No cheating o:)

Just for fun. Can you answer this numismatic question correctly without looking it up? 58 votes

Reeded edge
Outhaulmr1874 2 votes
Smooth edge
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  • hchcoinhchcoin Posts: 4,379 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was just looking at a new purchase and took it out of the flip by the edge and it made me wonder how many people could correctly identify the edge of a large cent without looking it up.

  • ModCrewmanModCrewman Posts: 3,908 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    Oh great it's not a private poll and I'm the first to answer. I answered out of instinct, outside of my area...we'll see if I'm right.

  • hchcoinhchcoin Posts: 4,379 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I am hoping @EagleEye and @ThePennyLady get this one correct ;)

  • hchcoinhchcoin Posts: 4,379 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Rittenhouse said:
    Neither option is correct. Sheldon 1 (Chain) thru 76a (1795 Cap) have lettered edges.

    I knew someone would find a loophole :p

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 9,373 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No, I could not. :/

    That is why I would research or post the question on this forum. :)

  • BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 3,765 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    Simply no point to reeding these copper coins.

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 28,450 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    Smooth edge for almost all of the time, but before late December 1795, they had a lettered edge or the “stars and bars” edge from all Chain Cents and most Wreath Cents. The lettered edge started with the S-11 variety, which comes both ways.

    Retired dealer and avid collector of U.S. type coins, 19th century presidential campaign medalets and selected medals. In recent years I have been working on a set of British coins - at least one coin from each king or queen who issued pieces that are collectible.
  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,647 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @rittenhouse is correct.

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  • BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 4,199 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    @hchcoin said:

    @Rittenhouse said:
    Neither option is correct. Sheldon 1 (Chain) thru 76a (1795 Cap) have lettered edges.

    I knew someone would find a loophole :p

    AWW man, you ruined the thread.................................

    Now we gotta start another one. ;)


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  • ashelandasheland Posts: 14,838 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge


  • hchcoinhchcoin Posts: 4,379 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I honestly had never thought about it until today when I took the coin out of the flip. You can learn something new almost every day in numismatics if you want to.

  • BlindedByEgoBlindedByEgo Posts: 10,753 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    Since coin edges were reeded to discourage filing of coin edges for profit, and copper was relatively cheap, Large Cents weren't reeded. I didn't think that you would forget lettered edges (or gripped, or vine and bars for that matter), so I clicked on the more correct poll answer :)

    Glad I don't feel the need to put the "anal' into "analysis" any more :)

  • Insider2Insider2 Posts: 13,949 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I forgot about the lettered edges. I thought the trick was all smooth except the "gripped edge."

  • WalkerfanWalkerfan Posts: 5,965 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    Mostly smooth. I've handled enough to know.

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." --Teddy Roosevelt, April 23, 1910.
  • BJandTundraBJandTundra Posts: 224 ✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    Smooth was poll option closest to correct.

  • rickoricko Posts: 71,786 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    I voted smooth... since all the large cents I have are smooth....and I do not have a lot... ;) However, I do know why they added reeding to precious metals coins....and knowing copper was not a PM.... Ergo, smooth. Cheers, RickO

  • ParadisefoundParadisefound Posts: 7,497 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Smooth edge

    smooth edge

    I don't have any but remember seeing them with smooth edge :)

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 37,542 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The smooth edge large cents began during the later part of the 1795 production and continued to the end of the series in 1857. The 1793 to the early 1795 large cents had some type of edge design such as the lettered edge or vine and bars edge.

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