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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 120b     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 120b


1797 LARGE CENT -
SHELDON 120b
"Gripped" Edge

Rarity: Very Scarce

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

"VF-35+" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale" 06/2000:141, where it was described as follows:
"1797 S-120b R2 VF35+ Gripped Edge Ten points sharper with a few faint pinscratches on the neck just above the drapery and a dull, light nick between the I & T in UNITED. Recolored a glossy very dark steel brown with traces of frosty tan in protected areas, mostly on the reverse. MDS.
     Ex Tom Morley 1980-Louis Ullian."

Recent appearances:
Del Bland graded VF-30.  Ira Reed, purchased privately on 12/14/1944 for $35.00 - Goldbergs "Benson Collection, Part I", 02/2001:295, $1,322.00

VF-20.  Stack's "The September Sale" 09/2000:65, $690.00

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