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Obverse of 1809 Large Cent - Sheldon 280     Reverse of 1809 Large Cent - Sheldon 280


1809 LARGE CENT -
SHELDON 280

Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1775, Breen 1

Notes:
The 9 of the date was punched over another 9 that had been placed too low on the die.  Breen called this "1809 over smaller 9", implying that the original 9 may have been from another denomination punch.  

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

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
AU-58+ (illustrated above). Ex - Stack's 9/72, Lot 668 - Stack's 10/20/82, Lot 655 - Bourse dealer at the 1983 FUN Show - Louis Ullian - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 252, where it was described as follows: "1809 S-280 R2 AU58+ Lustrous bluish steel brown and chocolate with a few tiny spots of darker olive toning on the reverse. Would rate a full mint state grade except for a small, light scuff on the cheek and another on the bust tip. LDS. A beautiful example with the surfaces and luster of a choice mint state cent. The toughest date in the Turban Head series to find in high grade."

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 35, "B-1", illustrated, sold for $3,335.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 36, "B-1", illustrated, sold for $6,325.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 162, "Sheldon-280", plated, sold for $2,185.00

EF-40, Rev Corroded, Tooled, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5395, not illustrated, sold for $529.00 

PCGS VF-35.  Ex - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 37, "...VF-20, sharpness of VF-25, lightly cleaned and now retoned...", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

PCGS VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 34, illustrated, sold for $977.50

SEGS VF-30, Corroded.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 10046, not illustrated, sold for $368.00

VF-25.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 104, "Sheldon-280", sold for $402.50

Net VF-20.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 163, "Sheldon-280", not plated, sold for $368.00

Net VF-20, sharpness of VF-30.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2516,"B-1", sold for $1,380.00  Purchased from Jim Aksamit, February 1990; previously from D.T. Brown and from Coins & Currency, Inc., January 1985

VF-20.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5394, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

Del Bland graded VG-7.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 375, "Sheldon-280, Rarity-2.", illustrated, sold for $506.00  Ex: Ira S. Reed 12/6/44 as "E.F." at $22.00.

Del Bland graded VG-7.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 376, "Sheldon-280, Rarity-2.", illustrated, sold for $276.00

Del Bland graded Almost Good-3.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 377, "Sheldon-280, Rarity-2.", illustrated, sold for $149.00

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