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My First Purchase of 2023 - 1794 C5a (R.4) Half Cent

I do not have a large coin collection. Still, I made a promise to myself that I was not going to buy coins that did not align with my collecting goals. Despite seeing many beauties at several local/regional shows this year, I walked out empty handed. This was very challenging for me, because I can be easily seduced by the neat, cool, or just beautiful coins. The money starts to burn a hole in my pocket, and I can get impulsive and start to rationalize buying coins without purpose. However, I know that even smaller purchases can push my coin goals beyond reach... so, I successfully resisted and I am glad I did.

I was able to recently purchase this 1794 C5a Half Cent (PGCS XF40/EAC VF30). I do not have it in hand yet, but I am thrilled that I was able to strike a deal on this coin. This coin came from the Jim McGuigan collection, and was preceded in ownership by Michael Demling and Gene Braig. I love the clash under the chin that identifies this coin as a rare late die state (Manley 2.0) example also.


I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    JimnightJimnight Posts: 10,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice one!

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    NysotoNysoto Posts: 3,771 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Awesome coin.

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    CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,605 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice!

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    OmegaraptorOmegaraptor Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations! That is a truly amazing coin. It is nice to see someone who loves the Liberty Cap Half Cents - they are one of the more overlooked early types along with the very early half dimes and dimes.

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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks all - I am very excited. I can't really believe I got it.... Here are the sellers pics:


    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    BryceMBryceM Posts: 11,735 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fantastic coin. Enjoy it!

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    coinbufcoinbuf Posts: 10,769 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Are you sure you can handle the truth. ;):D In all seriousness that looks like a wonderful coin congrats!

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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @coinbuf said:
    Are you sure you can handle the truth. ;):D In all seriousness that looks like a wonderful coin congrats!

    Thanks. Once she is in my hands with her new friends, I will be a true believer. :D

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,557 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That looks like a wholesome coin with honest wear, nice color, and pleasing surfaces. I really like it, congrats brotha!

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    dsessomdsessom Posts: 2,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is one of the better examples that I have seen recently in the EF/XF range, and it's beautiful. Congratulations on that score!

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    pursuitoflibertypursuitofliberty Posts: 6,593 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What a fantastic example! Congratulations!!

    Your patience and persistence paid off, for sure!


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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @dsessom and @DeplorableDan - Thanks. Collecting early copper is tricky, because there are so many problem coins in straight graded XF holders. So many coins that exhibit granularity/porosity in grades including AU. Recoloring becomes the main problem in MS grades. Also, the series is chronically over graded IMO. It's been a great series for my numismatic education, and I really love it.

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    dsessomdsessom Posts: 2,212 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So many coins that exhibit granularity/porosity in grades including AU.

    I noticed that as well. A very high number of early copper coins have porosity, so I guess that a lot of them are found with metal detectors and dug up? It's pretty rare to see clean, problem free examples.

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    DeplorableDanDeplorableDan Posts: 2,557 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @NeophyteNumismatist said:
    @dsessom and @DeplorableDan - Thanks. Collecting early copper is tricky, because there are so many problem coins in straight graded XF holders. So many coins that exhibit granularity/porosity in grades including AU. Recoloring becomes the main problem in MS grades. Also, the series is chronically over graded IMO. It's been a great series for my numismatic education, and I really love it.

    Yup, I’ve heard the same thing. Frequently, I’ve seen @Walkerguy21D refer to the “EAC guys”. I messaged him directly to ask what the deal was, and he graciously informed me of how the they assign their own net grade in addition to a coins tpg grade dependent on porosity, spots and whatnot. I was quite confused, and I know very little about copper coinage. I wish I had more time to study different series, but the gold keeps me plenty busy as it is. When I have more free time in the future I wouldn’t mind playing in the early copper sandbox.

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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    We are opposites. I would love to dabble in gold, but... every time I can afford a gold piece I buy a copper coin. You are the inverse... That's fun!

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    burfle23burfle23 Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @NeophyteNumismatist said:
    Thanks all - I am very excited. I can't really believe I got it.... Here are the sellers pics:

    Shawn is an awesome Dealer and friend.

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    Tremendous coin!
    Your patients and self control is definitely something I admire.
    Congratulations

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    kazkaz Posts: 9,067 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful coin! I really like the smooth, hard surfaces.

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    goldengolden Posts: 9,067 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice coin!

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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 896 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks all.

    @burfle23, I don't know Shawn, but he was great to deal with. I look forward to the coin. Glad to know I am dealing with good people, but I had that feeling anyway.

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    OmegaraptorOmegaraptor Posts: 528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @dsessom said:

    So many coins that exhibit granularity/porosity in grades including AU.

    I noticed that as well. A very high number of early copper coins have porosity, so I guess that a lot of them are found with metal detectors and dug up? It's pretty rare to see clean, problem free examples.

    This is true. My only Liberty Cap Half Cent, a 1797, has the sharpness of a VF but is heavily corroded. I believe it was almost certainly dropped in the ground in the early 1800s and found by a detectorist fairly recently.

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    jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,318 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My what a most beautiful coin. I love the half cents and have many but no Liberty Caps, yet. That would be a stellar piece in most collections. Congrats. My 1802 Large Cent has a quite similar die clash which is a key diagnostic for it also. Thanks for sharing.
    Jim


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    keyman64keyman64 Posts: 15,456 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice one, congrats!

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    Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 11,150 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is a very choice early half cent!

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    oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,905 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Amazing piece of history!

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    cheezhedcheezhed Posts: 5,689 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Waiting certainly paid off. Lovely coin.

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    EddiEddi Posts: 455 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A beautiful (and scarce!) 1794 half cent. Congratulations.

    My own example of a 1794 half cent is the more common C-9.

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    JimTylerJimTyler Posts: 3,059 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Over 200 years old and no one broke out the Brillo pad, amazing.

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    TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 4,742 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice example. Thanks for sharing her with us.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @NeophyteNumismatist ... That is a very nice early copper coin... with the magical date that starts with 17..... Cheers, RickO

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    NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 896 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 4, 2023 11:36AM

    Thanks all. The coin arrived today, and I have bee waiting for the mailman like a puppy. I opened it right away, and I am thrilled with it. The pics are good in representing the wear, but the color is very even and smooth. It is obvious that this coin has been loved throughout its life, and has been brushed when it needed it. It's better than I thought it would be. <3

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

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    baseballjeffbaseballjeff Posts: 1,070 ✭✭✭

    Wow! Nice coin! Patience sure paid off for you on that one!!! Nice!

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    ashelandasheland Posts: 22,694 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Congratulations! That’s a great coin!

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    Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 4,455 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice!

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