Set Completed - Braided Hair Half Cent Business Strikes
Building a set of braided hair half cents was a lot of fun, and was my "original" goal in collecting half cents in general (this goal has expanded greatly in scope). The braided hair type is a set of coins that I would recommend to any collector who wanted to start learning early copper. The series is lower mintage as a whole, but very accessible in nearly all grades. The lack of popularity in this series allows collectors with modest budgets to collect attractive coins in AU for <$200 per coin, however, it becomes more challenging and expensive in MS grades and very challenging when working to acquire coins with original red coloring.
This set is short, and contains only 8 coins when collecting business strikes (note: proof braided hair half cents are all quite rare and expensive). I like not feeling "bogged down" in gigantic sets, however, this set still took almost 2 years to build. My goal was to build this set in MS63RB, however, the 1849, 1850 (key) and 1853 dates proved to be too challenging to find with any original red color. Despite having to compromise on those three coins, I do feel that I put together an attractive set.
With the completion, I have made this set public in the NGC registry: https://ngccoin.com/registry/competitive-sets/449638/. I am excited to have a set complete - my first one other than "pocket change" collections formed from circulation.
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.