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I got a 1796 Liberty Cap Large Cent for $50...

OmegaraptorOmegaraptor Posts: 515 ✭✭✭✭✭

...and it's not even a bad one.

A Liberty Cap cent has been a bucket list type for me for a long time now, and I finally got to fill that hole.

Was browsing Ebay about a week back and looking through newly posted Large Cent listings. I saw a 1796 Liberty Cap cent posted for a eye-openingly cheap $48 + shipping. Opened that listing up real quick. The pictures weren’t great, but the coin was correctly attributed as S-88 (an R-4 variety) and the pictures showed a worn coin but no evidence of corrosion or damage. Snapped it up before someone else did.

Just arrived in hand, and here it is -

A clean, honest Fair-2 with no corrosion, damage, or cleaning except for a couple small obverse digs consistent with the grade. The weak reverse is typical of Liberty Cap Cents in low grade. Most of these early coppers have some sort of issue, and this one is a smooth brown planchet, which early copper collectors love. A PCGS FR02 of this variety sold for $168 in 2020 - but I’m definitely keeping this one raw! This is my new oldest US mint product (by a few months), my first Liberty Cap, and my second R-4 large cent. And the price was more than right! Now to find a 1794 and 1795.

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  • BroadstruckBroadstruck Posts: 30,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great price if you intend to keep it raw as otherwise you might end up at $168 too.

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  • BroadstruckBroadstruck Posts: 30,497 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's very wholesome and for roughly the price of 2 pizzas of which you have nothing the day after I'm actually a bit envious! <3

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  • jayPemjayPem Posts: 3,870 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love my raw coins!
    I've cracked a good number out for my cabinet including a few I maybe shouldn't have...

  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 10,881 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well done, nice addition to your collection!

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  • Pnies20Pnies20 Posts: 1,864 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice pickup. Good job. Hard to find good, honestly worn 18th century copper!

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  • raysrays Posts: 2,305 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I could see that coin slabbing at either Fr2 or Pr1. Not much left of the reverse. Great for a lowball set, especially since the date is easily readable.

  • 2windy2fish2windy2fish Posts: 678 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome coin! If only it could speak and tell us all of the places/people/deals/ it was witness to…

  • CoinHunter4CoinHunter4 Posts: 311 ✭✭✭✭

    That is a great deal!

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  • jmski52jmski52 Posts: 22,116 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A date I will probably never have. Nice, collectable copper!

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  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Omegaraptor said:

    i could live with myself easily with a full early date set virtually just like this. i'd enjoy sharing it at shows as well. :+1:

    building it affordably would be the challenge as i'm sure the coins exist but most are gobbled up pretty quick.

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  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,482 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I saw that one... nice pick up fir lower grade copper. Decent surfaces and the color looks good. Having a readable date is a definite plus!

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  • ChangeInHistoryChangeInHistory Posts: 2,972 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Solid pick up, can't beat it for $48.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice old copper and the magical '1796' date.... Coins from that period are super special. Cheers, RickO

  • SaorAlbaSaorAlba Posts: 7,427 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wholesome find at $50 bucks!

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