by Steve Zieba
Currently, collectors and investors are paying large premiums for early copper coins with hard, glossy surfaces. Often available for a fraction of the cost of "high-end" items, granular coins offer the collector/investor an exciting alternative. Granular coins have a soft, matte-like appearance which lends a richness and warmth to early copper coinage (some have said this is similar to the look of matte proofs). Historically, we believe these pieces better represent the time-worn ravages of age associated with these beautiful early coppers. We recommend choice granular early coppers as an addition to any serious numismatic portfolio.
Granularity Rating Scale
|5||Light microscopic granularity|
|6||Light, evenly granular|
|8||Heavily granular, verging on porous|
|9||Moderately porous, a real head-turner!|
|10||Ultra-heavy porosity, stunning!|
Below is a selection of some of our latest acquisitions:
|1787||Connecticut||Draped Bust Left||Medium Greyish-Brown||5 P.O.R.|
|1788||Connecticut||Head Left||Deep Olive Brown||8 P.O.R.|
|1786||New Jersey||Horse's Head Right||Bright and Brassy||7 P.O.R.|
As most items are one-of-a-kind, phone reservations are greatly appreciated.
 Unique Grading Systems of Early American Coppers. Zieba, Steve. The Willamette Coin Club Bulletin, Portland, Oregon, July 1993. p. 3.