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Lucky Half Cent

miserman

Well-known member
It took over 40 years, but I finally found my first Half Cent yesterday. The site was a circa 1850 one-room schoolhouse field. The 150+years in the ground was not kind to the coin. After getting it home and cleaning it very carefully,I could tell that it was a Classic Head but seeing a date was impossible. Not knowing the date on a dug coin is one thing that always bothers me. After thinking about it for a while and knowing that it could only be one of about 10-11 dates that the Classic Heads were made,I started studying the different types of the coin. I noticed that the 1828 was the only year that had a type with 12 stars instead of 13. the left side of the coin has 7 stars and the right side has 5 stars. Looking closely, the placement of the fifth star is the the giveaway that this coin is the 1828 12 Star Type. I think I got lucky on this one. Any other opinions would be appreciated....Thanks for looking
 

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rick in mi

Well-known member
Awesome!!! So your thinking it's rare? Only minted one year? hhricknmi
 

jim tn

Well-known member
Nice find and glad you can chalk it off your bucket list. After fifty + years I've given up hopes. Glad you could I d the date. As you know, not rare and being dug, still nice to know the dates of coins. HH jim tn
 

T-DUB

Well-known member
It took over 40 years, but I finally found my first Half Cent yesterday. The site was a circa 1850 one-room schoolhouse field. The 150+years in the ground was not kind to the coin. After getting it home and cleaning it very carefully,I could tell that it was a Classic Head but seeing a date was impossible. Not knowing the date on a dug coin is one thing that always bothers me. After thinking about it for a while and knowing that it could only be one of about 10-11 dates that the Classic Heads were made,I started studying the different types of the coin. I noticed that the 1828 was the only year that had a type with 12 stars instead of 13. the left side of the coin has 7 stars and the right side has 5 stars. Looking closely, the placement of the fifth star is the the giveaway that this coin is the 1828 12 Star Type. I think I got lucky on this one. Any other opinions would be appreciated....Thanks for looking
✅ that off the list, congrats miserman!
 

sube

Well-known member
I would have to travel east to find that I have 2 bucket list one that starts with a B and the other that starts with a F that's a F for me . However that's a nice and welcome find .(y) sube
 

Ronstar

Well-known member
Thats the difference between out west and back east (as we call it), if I were to find something that old its a sure bet Lewis or Clark dropped it!! Good find!
 

miserman

Well-known member
Thats the difference between out west and back east (as we call it), if I were to find something that old its a sure bet Lewis or Clark dropped it!! Good find!
Ronstar, They are scarce here in the midwest also.
 
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