Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Affordable Large Cents - from Whitman's Coin Update
Struck every year from 1793 to 1857 (with the exception of 1815), the large cent was one of America’s most commonly used denominations of the first half of the 19th century. The cent, or penny as it is often called, might now be a mostly obsolete and rarely used denomination, but at one time it had actual value and people used it every day in commerce. It is no wonder then that in 1857, when the large cent was replaced by a smaller version, people started searching for different dates of the denomination and putting sets together of the coins they’d grown so accustomed to, essentially leading to the beginning of large-scale American coin collecting. Now, more than a century and a half after the last large cents disappeared from circulation, interest in the series remains strong, and many collectors put together date or even variety sets of the different types. This, however, is not a cheap endeavor, and the series might seem daunting to the collector on a budget. However, this article will show that even at a budget of $100 per coin, there are plenty of options to add some appealing large cents to a collection.
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