Post by organicsquishee on Aug 31, 2019 12:19:02 GMT -8
So...you all know what it's like to get new cents or bronze pence in your pockets...the blazing red of brand new minted copper. It almost glows. It's pretty neat.
Well, it's also pretty neat to think that that's what these coins looked like 200 years ago when they were new, too. The idea of bins full of beautiful, blazing red 1/2 cents and cents, ready to head out to banks for distribution.
The unfortunate problem with copper, unlike with silver and gold, is that it oxidizes to a rather dull brown color after a while.
So, when a copper coin has survived not mere decades, but centuries with its original color...it's really neat.
Here, then, is the oldest known "red" designated US copper coin:
Oooh,coin stuff!I have a few handfulls of nineteenth century British pennies-the oldest American one I have is I believe a 1918 wheat I got in my change six years back.Canadian would be twenties or thirties? They took our pennies away here,and I miss them.After five years,it's a real thrill to find one now.I did pick up three at once from the road last week. Funny,I was just a few days ago telling a Newfie friend about you having had some coins at some point.I miss seeing the coin threads in active topics across the road.Thanks for this post,I really enjoyed it. We both have soft spots for Pennys I guess.
I have strength to endure,and all the love so pure. why....can't I touch it?