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1796 LARGE CENT -
SHELDON NC-1

Rarity: Very Rare

Recent appearances:
VG-10.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 72, "Sheldon NC-1, Close 96, Rarity-6", illustrated, sold for $4,830.00 (EAC: Very Good-8)  Tied with eight others for Fourth Finest Known   Ex John Whitney Collection; earlier, from Milford H. Bolender's sale of the John P. Young Collection, September 1951, lot 74; R.E. Naftzger; New Netherlands's sale of the Naftzger Collection, November 1973, lot 412; Superior's sale of the Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Collection, September 1986, lot 122; Superior's sale of the Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Collection, January 1996, lot 128. 

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