Help me identify this large cent before I go crazy

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  1. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    I know this is a longhorn shot but does anyone have any ideas on which large cent this is? The comparison coin is an 1855 large cent. Any help is really appreciated. 3DB30997-D45B-46EB-A1DD-18E06200196B.jpeg 111FD78E-DEE2-444C-8848-0EF09F704B32.jpeg 15CC7EDF-6505-4E05-B2B5-64598A553759.jpeg 0E021022-E248-41FE-9151-3577BC0E6B98.jpeg 181AA9A5-B8F3-45CA-9ECE-93A473B4D683.jpeg B4EBE153-BABC-4D97-A6C7-ED168284E8A4.jpeg FD7EAB11-814F-41A7-86B0-7EFB101D8A20.jpeg
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  3. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes?

    Yes, I agree. There is a chance that is a large cent.
  4. Steven Shaw

    Steven Shaw Well-Known Member

    Looks like a 1798 to me.
  5. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    Here’s the ONE CENT. 3C50DB7F-5B01-462E-A6D7-1D2667110A17.jpeg
  6. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    Weight is 7.7 grams….
  7. Steven Shaw

    Steven Shaw Well-Known Member

    This is a joke, isn't it?
  8. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    No, why would it be a joke?
  9. Steven Shaw

    Steven Shaw Well-Known Member

    Because I'm laughing
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  10. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    At what?
  11. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes?

    You seriously think anyone can identify anything on that piece? It is so thick with corrosion that all we can see is a round shape.

    That is the joke.
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  12. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

    Metal detecting find?
  13. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    There’s identifying marks. How do you think I identified it as a US large cent?
  14. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    It was found under the floor boards (in dirt) at a national historic building. I’m trying to date the section of the building.
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  15. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes?

    In all seriousness - the ancients guys, or metal detecting guys, have some really good conservation techniques that can help remove that encrustation.

    Until then, these pictures just don't show enough to be able to help you in any meaningful way.
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  16. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    :(. Maybe it's a British Half cent?? Just my intuition until you get a time period on the location.
  17. Abramthegreat

    Abramthegreat Well-Known Member

    That's a good idea.... Maybe @paddyman98 can add something...
  18. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    Thank you. I’ll try some cleaning techniques and see if I can expose something else.
  19. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster Member of the ANA since 1982

    Sorry, but it is so corroded, there is nothing identifiable.

    Huge maybe, but I might be able to be convinced its a US large cent. Maybe the top pic is a later date reverse that's upside down but the pic of the other side? Could be anything. US?, foreign?, hardware?

    Outside of serious, professional conservation, IMO, it will never be more than a corroded disk of copper. Best of luck
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  20. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    Thanks for looking. It’s definitely a large cent. I can read “ONE CENT” on the reverse.
  21. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    One technique I used with some of my finds like this was to cut a slit in a raw potato and leave the "crusty critter" coin in there overnight. (Actually, there's no need to cut a slit- you can just shove the coin into the side of the potato.) The starch in the potato will leach some of the corrosion off of the coin. Now, there's a chance it could also change it to a funky color, but at this point, since you're already starting from such a corroded example, there's little downside risk of further ruining it, and it might help parse out some more details to aid in identification.

    One thing I would NOT recommend is electrolysis. I made that mistake with my first dug large cent, which was barely identifiable by type as a 1796-1807 Draped Bust coin. I hooked it up to electrolysis in an a similar attempt to maybe date it. But I accidentally "burnt it up" in the process, leaving it a featureless slug. The metal was just not stable enough to run an electrical current through it without damaging it.
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