Mine was cheap because it had been owned by Bowers and Merena and scribbled in here and there by a fellow named John Pack. Book collectors don't like scribbling.
I don't mind scribbling at all, especially when it might be useful notes from a professional. It was just brackets and circling, though.
The book covers Large Cents from 1793 to 1814. I don't even own a single example of that type any longer, but I still like having this book, especially at such a low price.
At the end of the book, Sheldon describes the game of Old Cent Whist. As he tells it, some advanced collectors would sometimes gather with their collections and, starting with the first variety of 1793, bring out their coins one by one. Having the variety counted as one point, having it in the best condition counted as another.
Obviously few of us could play that game with old large cents today and perhaps not with anything except generic type coins.
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Clue for the second 2014 Silver Eagle Giveaway: He had connections with Sheldon
Note: All my coins are in a safe deposit box. I keep nothing in my home.
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