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Obverse of 1793 Large Cent - Sheldon 4     Reverse of 1793 Large Cent - Sheldon 4


1793 LARGE CENT -
SHELDON 4

Rarity: Very Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1636

Notes:
No Proofs 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 2 
1793 Sheldon 3 
1793 Sheldon NC-1

Recent appearances:
NGC VF-25 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 11, "B-5", illustrated, sold for $9,775.00

NGC VF-20 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2407, "Breen-5"  sold for $7,130.00

ANACS Net VF-20 (EF-40, repaired and tooled).  Ex -
Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 19, "...VG-7, sharpness of VF-25, solder on obverse..."illustrated, sold for $5,290.00

PCGS Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1330, illustrated, sold for $6,900.00

Net grade F-12, sharpness grade F-12.  Ex - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc.'s "The Norweb Collection: Early American and U.S. Coins, Part III", November 14-15, 1988, Lot 2688, "Periods after Liberty and date"  Purchased by Albert Holden, date and vendor unrecorded
 

Net F-12.  Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 66, "Sheldon-4, Chain Periods", illustrated @ $2,990.00

PCGS VG-10.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7480, illustrated, sold for $4,140.00

VG-8 Corroded.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6627, "S-4, High", illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

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

Obverse of 1793 Large Cent - Sheldon 4     Reverse of 1793 Large Cent - Sheldon 4

Images courtesy of Ron Guth
Coin provided by Anthony Terranova