Coin Collecting at the Safir House
Large Cents


Large Cents is not large part of our collection, with only two current coins, but they are interesting none the less. First, as a historical item, American large cents are interesting because they represent a historical record of the value of money. For much of the early part of American history the US was cash starved, semi-dependent on barter, self sustaining farms, and then coin and finance.

At this time, cent coins had considerable value and there existed half cent coins as well. Its very possible that people could live most of their lives without ever handling any coin other than a copper cent. And the amount of copper in the cent was to be in some alignment with the value of copper compared to a gold dollar or a silver dollar.

Once the industrial revolution kicks in, the thinking of cents changes. The coins are increasingly abandoned in circulating use. The public views them as being large and cumbersome. And by 1856 consideration is being given to a new cent design more similar to the size which we are familiar with today. Thus, these coins are a good barometer for the historical changes of the nation leading into the civil war.

We have three copperheads, as they are known. One is a 1817 example and an 1851 example. The last one is the 1795 Cent, fairly rare. The 1817 model is in Good condition or less, but still fun. It seems to be an N-10 by Sheldon and Newcomb. The 1851 example is in better shape. Thanks goes out to Handsome Toad for helping me identify the varieties.


The 1795 Cent is a bit more complex. It is a slabbed coin, and rather faded. But any coin with a 17 in the date is fun to have and own. This variety is a S-76 on the Sheldon and Newcomb identifcation system
1795 American Cent 1795 American Cent Reverse
These photographs have been lightened in order to show their detail. Our modest collection generally contains the following coins types. Click to see these examples show below including photography:

The Safir Family Internet Coins Library.

Click to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
Section I:
US Coints
Large Cent Coppers
Flying Eagle Cents
Lincoln Cents and Wheat Backs
Buffalo Nickels
Jefferson Nickels
Jefferson Silver War Nickels
Bust Half Dimes
Mercury (Liberrty Head) Dimes
Roosevelt Dime
Barber Quarter Dollars
Standing Libery Quarter
Washington and Washington State Quarters
Cap Bust Half Dollars
Seated Half Dollars
Barber Half Dollars
Walking Liberty Half Dollars
Franklin Half Dollars
Kennedy Half Dollars
Morgan Silver Dollars
Peace Silver Dollars
Eisenhower Clad and Silver Dollars
Sacawagea Golden Dollars
Modern Silver and Clad Proof Sets
Modern American Silver Eagle uncirculated mint coins and proofs
Modern Silver and Clad 2008 Commorative Bald Eagle Series
Gold Coins - Not too many
Circulated US Silver Coins prior to 1964

Go To Section II:
Modern and Ancient Foreign Coins from Outside The United States

Go To Section III:
Mandy's 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund Silver Coins

Unsorted Extra stuff:
Bust US Coinage
From the coin Show at Melville Long Island

The Safir Family Internet Coins Library: Foriegn Coins.

Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins.
Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.

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