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A couple of old large cents 1796 -1798?


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Not sure on either of these rarity of them I found both this past year about a mile apart.
Any info would be great I’ve looked up these years and there’s a few variations...
Not even sure on the dates hard to tell

Blind Squirrel

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Howdy Mkus--
Congratulations on those 2 excellent Large Cent finds. They look like a 1798 Draped Bust and a 1795 Liberty Cap. On your 1795 Liberty Cap , check the edge - there are 3 different varieties : Plain edge (the most common), Lettered edge and the Reeded Edge (extremely rare). Best of luck and...
Happy Hunting!
Blind Squirrel


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Thanks squirrel I will take a closer look


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What Blind Squirre said times 2... I found 2 Liberty cap 1794s years back..both of mine are engraved on the edge and one of mine has that same grayish black tone as yours.. yours does appear to be 1795... I’ve found several draped bust large cents and for some reason they never have any detail left... very cool finds...


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Do not clean them, except gently with soap and water! They both may be valuable (100s - 1000s) depending on exact date and variety. Best to take to an early copper coin Numismatist/dealer for attribution. Don't have my coin reference books with me but any copper before 1800 is worth pursuing in terms of value. Great finds.


That's fantastic you got two from the 1700's. Nice job. A large cent has been on my bucket list for a while.


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Congratulations on some great finds!


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Great finds, Mark. Here are two sites that should help in future identification since you've had great success detecting since joining these forums:
Ken HH


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Well done !