Am I to assume, that if the listing just says "1864" that the coin there is a Bronze with no L? To me this is a tough distinction even though I have studied the illustration of the "L" in my Red Book. For the life of me, my eyes simply aren't sharp enough to pull out such a fine detail — or, at least one that I think is fine. I know that the bust is more pointed on the L versions of the coin, though, and I think I can get things right by identifying pointed from rounded busts. The distinctions between Copper-Nickel and Bronze is frustrating me, too. With all of the possible variations of lighting, the photos can be quite difficult to identify correctly. Here are just three examples of similarly-priced coins that show the color variations to some degree. Two of the three are advertised as Copper-Nickel, the other one is not. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me by pointing out what I need to know.