"Dirty in the right way" - post your "crusty" copper-nickel cents!

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by lordmarcovan, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I often like how the copper-nickel alloy used in the 1856-1864 US Flying Eagle and Indian cents toned over time.

    The Flyer cent below is the last one I owned, around 2013 or so. It was OK, but I want one with even better contrast.

    Post your crusty and/or darkish Flyers or early Indian cents!

    Flashy UNCs need not apply. This thread's for the circulated ones that did their day in commerce.

    (Yeah, @CircCam. I'm lookin' at you. Whatcha got up yer sleeve, there?)

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  3. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    Hey- What are you trying to pull here? That's a pretty nice coin! How much commerce did that one see?
     
  4. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Just enough, but not too much.

    @Nathan401 - That's a decent enough circ Flyer, but not dark or crusty enough for my tastes. Wanna see more contrast! ;)
     
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  6. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    picky! pick! picky!
     
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Actually, the crusty, contrasting darkish look I like is most often encountered on G-VG copper-nickels, but for me the sweet spot is those VF20-XF45-ish ones with the darker undertones that make the design pop. It's harder to find nice problem-free examples in that grade range with just the right look.
     
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  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Indeed I am, and it has served me pretty well.

    (Though it can also create the occasional headache.)
     
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  9. CircCam

    CircCam Victory

    Nothing as wholesome as that Flyer, but here’s a couple crusty ones that likely have some stories to tell.

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  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Those are definitely headed in the right direction. Now, I wanna see some with that level of contrast, but better surfaces...
     
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  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Man, if I could find me an 1859 IHC with that level of black-and-white contrast- but also with smooth, undamaged, nonporous surfaces?

    Why, I'd arm-wrestle you for it, that's what I'd do.
     
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  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    This is a handsomely crusty one.

    It could stand to have more contrast, though.

    (Not my coin- pic borrowed from DLRC)

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  13. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

    How about this one, Rob? 820030EE-655C-4DFF-B006-38F94BD19B66.jpeg 4085C9D7-AFA3-455E-9784-3189C486CABD.jpeg
     
  14. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

    The bright light makes it look much lighter than it actually is.
     
  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    NOW you're talkin'!

    That, sir, is a sweet CircCam.

    Show me a VF35 to XF45-ish example with that kind of contrast, and I'll dance a jig. :)
     
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  16. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

    That’s the complete extent of my FE collection, lol.
     
  17. sambyrd44

    sambyrd44 Well-Known Member

    well worn Flyers LL TOP SL Lower [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  18. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    This guy is a mess. I think it's going in the wrong direction.

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