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Keeping and filling out an inherited IHC album. Part # 8: Cents from 1886 - 1889

SkyManSkyMan Posts: 9,493 ✭✭✭✭✭

We're now at the stage in the album where there were far more holes than there were coins. The 1887 and '89 were already filled in. The '86 and '88 were empty, so I filled them in.

From here on out, I'm going to copy and paste the beginning of the opening thread about this Whitman album on every following thread, so that those of you have not read the opening post know what this is about. After that, I'll post the IHC coins that are listed in the title of that given thread.

BTW, all these coins were imaged BEFORE I had gotten some verdicare to get rid of the verdigris on the coins.

--- Copied Opening Part ---

About 35 years ago I inherited from my paternal grandparents a partially filled IHC Whitman album. Most of the coins were in the lower to mid circulated range. While I have always enjoyed IHC's they were not a series that I collected at that point in time.

Around 10 years ago, I got much more into doing albums, and decided to complete the IHC album. In a few cases I also upgraded a slot or two. Interestingly enough, the earlier dates were all filled in, while the latter more common dates were not. The first empty slot was 1876, and the next one was 1884. After 1884, empty slots became common.

In order to keep the guts of the collection true to my grandparents collecting, I bought a ~ VG 1876 for the hole, and did not upgrade any coin until the year 1880. From that date forward the coins I bought, for the most part, tended to be high grade sliders to MS64. I'LL POST THE WHOLE ALBUM OVER TIME. For those of you who are coin snobs you might want to wait until 1880 and the latter date coins come rolling around. You'll probably have seen some of these coins, as, over time, I've posted some of them as one offs. In all cases the images are by Bob Campbell, and I think he did an excellent job.

--- Finished Copy ---

Here are the IHC from 1886 - 1889. The '87 and '89 were originally in the album. The '86 and '88 slots in the album were empty, so I purchased these two coins.


Originally in album


Originally in album


  • CryptoCrypto Posts: 3,111 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The 86 is a nice type 1 you should seek out a type 2 as well

  • BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,020 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The 1886 is a "sleeper date" in this series. It's supposed to be common, but many of the Type II's were not well made.

    When I was kid in high school, the piece I had in my Library of Coins album was a VG. It would be called "Fine" today. I wanted better, but I couldn't find it.

    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. I am also collecting at least one coin for each Roman emperor from Julius Caesar to ... ?
  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @SkyMan ... I have enjoyed your pictorial journey through the IHC album... Always liked these coins... As a kid, we would occasionally get one in change. Great pictures as always. Cheers, RickO

  • DelawareDoonsDelawareDoons Posts: 3,066 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow you stepped up for that 88 eh? not the easiest coin in AU+.

    Professional Numismatist. "It's like God, Family, Country, except Sticker, Plastic, Coin."

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