If you live near a major metropolitan area, find out when the next big coin
show is. If there is one near you, go and LOOK at what half cents are
available. Play close attention not only to the grade but also the
condition of the coin. Look for things like rim nicks, rim bumps,
scratches, CORROSION, CLEANED or not. You will notice that regardless of
grade the coins with no problems and smooth surfaces will be scare and
usually higher priced. After looking around the bourse, search look for any
of the following dealers; Tom Reynolds, Chris McCawley, Doug Bird or any
other "EAC dealer". You will notice that the half cents for sell by these
dealers will be much nicer and more strictly graded than 99% of the ones you
just looked at. It will be the fastest and cheapest education on half cents
you can get. These people will take the time to talk to about half cents
and not get angry if you don't purchase anything.
If you don't live near a city that has a major coin show, join EAC. As a
matter of fact, you should join anyway. There is information on the EAC web
page. The best way to collect early copper is to educate yourself. You
will get much more enjoyment. Good luck.
> Hi everyone,
> I am thinking of starting to collect Draped Bust 1/2-cents. Any EAC
> members? What do the common varieties of these go for in the various
> approximately, G, VG, F, and EF? I checked out the EAC website, very
> No information there hardly at all about early coppers. Any good websites
> out there with info on these? Thanks!.
> T J