I got a 1796 Liberty Cap Large Cent for $50...
...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.
"You can't get just one gun." "You can't get just one tattoo." "You can't get just one 1796 Draped Bust Large Cent."