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Early copper cents are intriguing to study and collect and there are many new resources available

Readers Ask column from the Aug. 11, 2014, issue of Coin World
By Coin World Staff , Coin World
Published : 07/25/14
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I found this old coin book at Half Price Books and I am having a hard time understanding it.

It has a guide that tells you what the letters stand for but for some strange reason it does not help me.

Anyway, the name of the book is United States Copper Cents 1816-1857 by Howard R. Newcomb.

Is there an updated book on this series that is easier to understand or do I have to knuckle down and force myself to understand this one?

By the way, it is a third edition, dated 1963, well before my time. I’ve been in this hobby for 18 years and I am still a newbie, just trying to learn everything I can.

Thanks for any help you may be able to provide.

T. Hern

via email

We turned to Joel Orosz, who writes Coin World’s numismatic literature column, “Numismatic Bookie” for an answer.

“You have bought Howard Rounds Newcomb’s classic book on the middle and late date large cents. Classic, but highly confusing to use. Some old-timers still like it, but it has been superseded by other publications.

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