NEWP - 1796 Half Cent
Okay this one is more like a three-quarters cent. I bought it on Ebay listed as dateless for just under $14.
So this one is actually rare. Given the condition of the coin I will spare you guys the attribution contest. It is a 1796, Reverse of 1795 Sheldon-99, which is an R-5 variety (and also my first R-5 large cent). The remaining reverse detail narrows it down to either S-99 or NC-4, and the remaining portion of the date matches that of S-99 (date spaced 1-7-96, 6 not touching bust).
So yeah. I will take all the R-5 Sheldons I can get for $14 each in any grade, and I will also take all the 1796 Draped Bust cents I can get for $14 each in any grade. Getting both at the same time is even cooler. Graysheet on this variety is $400 in AG, and this one is worth… who cares. It’s one of about 50 known. (Some sources call this variety an R-5+, but I believe it is now just R-5.)
Takes a special kind of collector to appreciate something like this… but I like it for what I paid. Let’s see how many of you feel the same way…
"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."