Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by thesilvercowboy, Jan 22, 2014.
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That's almost like asking what kind of car one would recommend for you. A Volvo would be safer whilst a Corvette would be more fun. Personally I'd recommend a Bugatti Veyron... But, unless you have a lot of cash (~$1.5M USD) laying around and really enjoy fast production car's, it's likely not the best idea.
Personally, I think you need to determine what your budget and goals are, then you can determine what grade you should collect. Or, should I say can collect. While you may like a MS65 coin, the price may mean you can only buy one coin every few months, years, etc.. whereas if you collected VG10 you could assemble a large collection in a couple of months. So, your goals and budget have to determine what grade you will collect.
Also, you could aim for a MS 65 set, but, seeing how rare a good coin is and balancing that with the desire to assemble a 'nearly' complete set in the next year, you might settle for EF coins in many cases and upgrade as time, money and availability permit.
I do not know all the key dates for half cents, nor am I an expert at them(or large cents for that matter). If you are going to buy raw buy from some trusted dealers - look at lots of PCGS and NGC coins to get a feel for what you like. Personally I like PCGS grading on copper coins better, but it does not stop me from buying nice NGC coins(or ANACS). If you know a lot about copper and half cents buy raw, but if not I would stick with NGC and PCGS. Again all my opinion. I am sure someone will recommend some good half cent books. I would stay away from ebay unless buying graded - when I look at large cents I find very very few raw coins I would consider buying. Then always price shop around with trusted dealers.
If you study and learn the series you could easily do raw I've not seen many fakes but you gotta watch out for problem coins cleaned damaged scratched etc
I've got my eye on one lot in the Goldbergs sale this Sunday of the Missouri Cabinet, and a couple lots in their Pre-Long Beach sale that day as well. If I'm successful I'll have five of the eight proof only dates from the 40's, all electrotypes.
Why electrotypes - you should buy the originals from the Missouri cabinet. I think they have a complete run for sale.
I am sure Conder101 already receives complimentary Goldberg catalogs.
I found a solution that works for me on the 1796 half cent. My piece is a
contemporary cast counterfeit from the Davey collection. I say it works for me as I like living in a house. LOL
In terms of raw versus slabbed, buy what you like but if you go raw make sure you can tell the difference between original surfaces and non-original surfaces. Lastly, I would recommend putting the quality of the coin over the sharpness for two reasons. I think you will be happier with a nice original early half then with one that has been mucked with, and they are harder to come by which will lengthen your search; and isn't the searching 3/4ths of the fun
I do, and I look forward to them.
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