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Obverse of 1793 Large Cent - Sheldon 2     Reverse of 1793 Large Cent - Sheldon 2


Rarity: Very Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen-2, Breen 1633

No Proof examples are known of this variety.

This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1793 Sheldon 3 
1793 Sheldon 4 
1793 Sheldon NC-1

Images courtesy of WH

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-65 Brown.  Purchased in London, England in 1891 by the Washington coin dealer, B.H. Collins - purchased in 1919 for $500 by DR. Beckwith - Henry Chapman - B. Max Mehl - R.E. Naftzger - traded to Herman Halpern - Jonathan Kern, offered in the December 3, 2001 issue of Coin World for $287,000

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55 and Del Bland graded AU-50.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 249, "Chain Reverse, "AMERICA" in legend, Sheldon-2, Rarity-4, illustrated, sold for $77,625.00, Ex: From a little old lady who carried the coin in her purse; Sotheby's (London) #LN5588 10/95:1392; William P. Paul (American Heritage Minting) 8/16/96; Denis W. Loring; John B. MacDonald"

Net grade VF-35, Sharpness VF-35.  Bowers and Merena, Inc.'s "The Norweb Collection: Early American and U.S. Coins, Part III", 11/1988:2685, "Rarity 4+, widest date"  Purchased by Albert Holden for $56.50, probably from the Chapmans

PCGS VF-25.  Bowers and Merena, Inc. "John A. Van Arsdall and Antelope Valley Silver Dollar Collections", January 1993, Lot 258 - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena 07/2002:18, "...F-15, sharpness of VF-30 or better, fine corrosion...", $9,775.00

PCGS VF-25.  Bowers & Merena Galleries January 3, 2001:9, $8,912.50

ANACS Net Good-6.  Superior Galleries 05/2001:1094, "...EAC grade net G5...", $2,127.50

Good-6.  Bowers and Merena 10/2000:65

G-4.  Ex American Numismatic Rarities 07/2003:104, $3,910.00

Fair-2.  Heritage 10/2000:6626, $603.75

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William H. Sheldon

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club