Cherrypick today: Look closely at the dates...

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Omegaraptor, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Gobrecht / Longacre Enthusiast

    ...because sometimes they aren’t what the dealer thinks.

    I was at a coin shop today looking through a dealer’s IHCs for varieties.

    I got to an IHC labeled 1878 that was priced at $21. At a glance, the date looked too small to be a 1878. Upon a closer look, I immediately knew that it was worth well over that. Why? Because it wasn’t actually an 1878. It was an 1872 (the third best date in the series) with a weak 2. I think G06-VG08, net G04 because of a staple scratch.

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    I’ll try to get $60-70 out of it, but if I can’t, I’ll be happy anyway since it fits into my collection.

    So today’s variety is the 1878 Indian Head Cent, small date, wrong last digit. :p
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  5. ddddd

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    My only similar experience was finding a 1909 VDB that was labeled simply as a 1909. And no it wasn't an "S" so it was not much of a score. Still it pays to be attentive!
  6. Omegaraptor

    Omegaraptor Gobrecht / Longacre Enthusiast

    Interesting you bring that up. There are 1909-S cents with weak VDBs... look out for them!
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