Apr 10, 2012, 05:00 PM
My First Large Cent
I didn’t have a lot of enthusiasm for the site I was metal detecting at the time… It was near a library in the middle of a city.
This 1817 Large Cent was found 6 inches down and 6 inches away from the corner of a NEW side walk. I would have never believed it if I had not dug it out of the ground myself.
Apr 10, 2012 05:00 PM
Apr 10, 2012, 06:24 PM
You don't dig many LC's in that nice of condition! Congrats on a fine looking first
Apr 10, 2012, 06:28 PM
that is a super nice early one! and again, it just goes to show you that you never know what you will find. i love it.
Apr 10, 2012, 06:35 PM
very good shape LC nice find congrats on your first
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Apr 10, 2012, 06:43 PM
Thanks guys! Yes, I could not believe the condition... it’s a little corroded, but very little wear...
Apr 10, 2012, 07:01 PM
Nice!! I know the feeling,I found my first LC last week and I was really happy..yours in beautiful shape. Good job
Apr 10, 2012, 07:01 PM
MAN! that thing is in great shape, I have a 1846 that i found in a church parking lot, no where near that good a shape congrats
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Apr 10, 2012, 07:06 PM
Wow!! You have my first one beat by 22 years and condition!!! Well done!!!
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Apr 10, 2012, 08:15 PM
Nice large cent that was the same date as my first large cent. And I found mine about six inches from a newer sidewalk in a park. Mine was a bit toasted though nowhere as nice as yours.
Apr 10, 2012, 08:47 PM
Great find. I see you restored it a bit -- in a good way. You didn't go down to the bare metal but simply removed the dirt. Ammonia?
On a chamois cloth, very lightly rub the coin's surfaces a few times to restore shine. No, that won't harm it. You're actually working with the coin's thick patina, not the actual surface metal.
Apr 10, 2012, 09:20 PM
Soap and water was all I dared to use.
Originally Posted by tigerbeetle
Apr 10, 2012, 10:22 PM
nickname: Eagle Four-Eyes
That's one thing that hasn't changed I see. They're never where you think they are, they're where you find them.
I have to take my detector out for a walk every now & then. If I don't, it starts leaving little piles of pull tabs all over the house!!
Apr 10, 2012, 11:29 PM
Treasure story "Construction Zone"
Large cent cleaning suggestion
Here is how my last large cent turned out that I cleaned up. Check this thread out. http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/to...-pictures.html While not all large cents will benefit from an attempt to clean. I believe that results are proof at least that what I did worked. I first water soak for at least 24 hours. The water i use has no chlorine in it. I think chlorine could be bad perhaps, so city folks should use distilled water. Then I soak in fresh non-rancid extra virgin olive oil for a few hours at least then I use my fingers and nails to rub remove crust etc, all the while closely examining the progress and not just blindly grinding away. When I believe that all the crud that will easily come off without removing the coins details I then move on to the next step. Then I like to use mild soapy water to remove olive oil residues. Then pat dry with paper towel. Final step is to smear some vaseline on the large cent then use a dry paper towel to gently remove the excess. Cannot guarantee you will have the same results I did but maybe this description of my method will give you some ideas to ponder. Happy Hunting! CARM
Apr 11, 2012, 04:08 AM
that one would be the 13 star variety. nice. willy
Apr 11, 2012, 05:03 AM
Congrats on or first large cent!!! I also found my first two weeks ago, it was also a 1817 13 star variety, but it looks like somebody hammered the edges flat on mine. Yours is in beautiful shape.
Apr 11, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Apr 13, 2012, 08:16 PM
Great Large Cent. I'm still looking.
Apr 13, 2012, 09:06 PM
Nice find. I would leave it just how it is! I just found my first large cent a couple weeks ago. 1818, but it was holed. I didn't use anything but a toothpick and a q-tip to clean mine.
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Apr 13, 2012, 09:29 PM
Sweeeet large cent only if it could talk very old and very cool, congrats!!!
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