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Obverse of 1808 Large Cent - Sheldon 278     Reverse of 1808 Large Cent - Sheldon 278


Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1774

No Proofs are known of this variety.

This was the only use of the obverse and reverse dies.

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-50.  Ex - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 36, "...VF-25, sharpness of VF-35, microscopic reverse roughness...", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1149, illustrated, "...EAC graded VF35.", not sold

VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2511, "B-2" sold for $920.00  Purchased from Tom Reynolds at the 1990 EAC Convention

Del Bland VG-8.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 153, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

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