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How much over PCGS price guide would you pay for a Top Pop Large Cent Variety?

RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 516 ✭✭✭✭✭

I am shopping for my birthday present and stumbled upon a nice Large Cent. It is the single Top Pop of a Newcomb Variety. I think it would be cool to have the finest known at PCGS of a coin. It is a 1 of 1. The coin is not advertised as such but is priced $450 over guide. It is CAC approved and looks great! To my friends here do you think that is fair? I would have to reach for this coin but you only turn 60 once! Thanks for your input. I would give more details but want to keep this one for myself. BTW...I am still going strong for the Holey Cent...different wallet for that one!

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    RLSnapperRLSnapper Posts: 516 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @MFeld agreed. It's priced about 30% over guide.

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,147 ✭✭✭✭✭
    1. Does the coin really stand on it’s own merits, and does it really speak to you?
    2. What is the likelihood that there are others out there at the same grade level, that just don’t have the N variety attributed? Will it stay unique?
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    AotearoaAotearoa Posts: 1,365 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Walkerguy21D said:
    1. Does the coin really stand on it’s own merits, and does it really speak to you?
    2. What is the likelihood that there are others out there at the same grade level, that just don’t have the N variety attributed? Will it stay unique?

    I’ll echo the excellent second point. Most of my slabbed LCs don’t list a Newcomb or Sheldon number. In most cases, however, both the seller and buyer were fully aware of the applicable die variety. Page through the HA and GC listings and you’ll see how relatively uncommon it is for the die variety to be “formally” attributed, even for rarer examples.

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    DisneyFanDisneyFan Posts: 1,690 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Which price guide are you using? I would consider all of them. At least NGC, PCGS, & CAC. Also auction records can be sobering.

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    johnny010johnny010 Posts: 1,085 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Picture?

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    ShaunBC5ShaunBC5 Posts: 1,632 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 25, 2023 10:40PM

    It’s your 60th and I’m assuming this won’t affect you financially (birthday budget). If you think you can’t find/make another comparable one fairly soon, do the best you can to negotiate the price and enjoy the tar out of it.
    If you can’t think of a way to make yourself happier with that money, go get it.

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    spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,492 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If it's something you really want and will cherish, then your budget is your limit. If you are going to resale, then don't stretch. If you are treating yourself (your words), and you believe you would really enjoy it, and it won't mess you up financially, I'd consider it! Only you can make that call.

    Good luck whatever you choose, however if you buy it you MUST show it off to us!

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    rheddenrhedden Posts: 6,616 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Before you pay any premium, consider that many copper enthusiasts like to keep their treasured large cents raw, so they don't show up in population reports. In addition, many high grade large cents are not attributed by Newcomb variety when they are slabbed. This coin could actually be far below the finest known for the variety, for all you know.

    At the end of the day, not a lot of people collect by Newcomb variety if the coin is dated after 1839 or so. If it's in the 1816-1839 range, there will be more interest in the die marriage and condition census.

    I say that if you can justify the premium based on the appearance of the coin and the CAC sticker without considering the variety, then go for it. Otherwise, ask yourself, "what kind of buyer is going to refund my premium when it's time to sell the coin?"

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,481 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @johnny010 said:
    Picture?

    The trouble is if he gives out too much information about the piece, someone else might scoop it up.

    Newcombe varieties are not like the early dates. The population of coins is far higher, and number of pieces “still in the wild” (unattributed) is also higher, but much lower than it was years ago. There are also years where there are many known varieties, and the differences between them are minor. Therefore only the specialists will appreciate them.

    Having the finest known of something is nice, but it’s not everything. I have a piece of two that fall into that category, but like the purchase you are considering, they are mostly die varieties, not date and/or mint mark combinations. That makes it more esoteric.

    It depends on your budget and goals. I only have the rare varieties that I own because they fit into my collection for another reason. I have the finest known of a rare 1795 Overton half dollar variety because the piece is a Choice AU and it’s eye appeal really “Wowed me.” The finest known part only added to the price.

    I know I have not given you a definitive answer, but I hope I gave you some things to consider.m

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    If you really like the coin, buy it. The money and decision are yours. Advice from those who will bear no responsibility for the consequences, and have no idea of your personal circumstances, is worth exactly what they charge. Make your own decision and live with it. Cheers, RickO

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,147 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Aotearoa said:

    @Walkerguy21D said:
    1. Does the coin really stand on it’s own merits, and does it really speak to you?
    2. What is the likelihood that there are others out there at the same grade level, that just don’t have the N variety attributed? Will it stay unique?

    I’ll echo the excellent second point. Most of my slabbed LCs don’t list a Newcomb or Sheldon number. In most cases, however, both the seller and buyer were fully aware of the applicable die variety. Page through the HA and GC listings and you’ll see how relatively uncommon it is for the die variety to be “formally” attributed, even for rarer examples.

    Have you considered trying to cherry-pick your own of this variety? Unless it’s also a Redbook variety, another may be hiding in plain sight, unattributed, in a comparable grade. Then scoop it up, get it reholdered with the attribution, you save $, and have a good story to tell.

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    kirkminkkirkmink Posts: 172 ✭✭✭✭

    I usually ask myself, if I pass this coin up, will I think of it later as a missed opportunity? If that is the case, then I would suggest reaching a little for a coin you truly want.

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    To Err Is Human.... To Collect Err's Is Just Too Much Darn Tootin Fun!
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    291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,936 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 26, 2023 7:39AM

    Why be anxious to pay over "price guide" for anything, let alone a Newcomb variety? Forget about the "top pop" bit. Many, many serious large cent collectors may have better examples in their collections of raw large cents.

    All glory is fleeting.
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    privatecoinprivatecoin Posts: 3,181 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Buy the coin or the holder continues.......

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    burfle23burfle23 Posts: 2,191 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm always curious what the population size for a "top POP" is for a specific coin/ variety...

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,481 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @291fifth said:
    Why be anxious to pay over "price guide" for anything, let alone a Newcomb variety? Forget about the "top pop" bit. Many, many serious large cent collectors may have better examples in their collections of raw large cents.

    Yes, there are a great many nice raw large cents in EAC collections, but the numbers are dropping. When the large collections are sold at auction, nearly all of the coins are slabbed these days. That's not to say that a very traditional new owner might crack them out, but if they do, chances are the coin is still in the certified population report.

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