Need help with draped bust large cent

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by NorCal, Oct 28, 2021.

  1. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

    So yesterday at my local coin shop I saw that they picked up a collection of nearly all of the large cents. My attention was drawn towards the draped busts. I have always wanted one and choosing one when they have 7 to choose from was harder than I thought. My eye kept going to this 1803. My second choice is a 1798 with a huge cud/die crack running along the top of the reverse. My question is, what variety did I find? There are several this year and I’m completely over my head with early coppers. Thank you 4FFF05A1-2131-4153-80C4-8D4E8F73B1A3.jpeg D7D1B23C-6A69-4D83-A0DB-9D6EA884DDC4.jpeg

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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

  4. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I'd say the one pictured is a DETAILS coin.
    May be suffering from environmental damage?
  5. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    Give me a little bit.The are 24 varieties to check. But I see no CUD.

    S-256 R2 - This variety does develop a CUD over STA in the late die states, but I see no evidence of this in the photos.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2021
  6. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    Sounds like S-161
  7. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    the Cud comment was referring to the 1798
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  8. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    My personal preference is usually towards the ones with cracks and CUDs.
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  9. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

  10. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    Does the 1798 look like this?

  11. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

    That’s it for sure. The one at my shop is in a little better condition.
  12. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

    I have a feeling that I should have gone for the 1798. There was also a 1807/6 in similar shape to the 1803
  13. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    Choose the 1798.
  14. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    This is where variety knowledge helps. There is a common 7/6 (S-273) and a rare 7/6 (S-272).

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  15. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

    I’m 90% positive that it’s the common variety. I’m never that lucky. For $225 it can wait.
  16. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    2 easy tells for the 1807/6 small 7 in low grade:

    1. The 1 is jammed up against the hair
    2. The top of the 7 touches the bust

    If you see both of these characteristics, even if the overdate isn’t visible, it is the rare variety
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  17. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Forget the variety, just go buy both of them and be happy! :)
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