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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 122     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 122


Rarity: Rare

Images courtesy of  Superior Galleries

"Fine-15+" (illustrated above).  Superior 06/2000:144, where it was described as follows: "1797 S-122 R6- F15+ Close to VF20 and listed at that grade by Del Bland in his condition census. Glossy mottled mix of dark chocolate and medium browns. The only marks are a small, light scratch under the earlobe and a light nick hidden in the upper hair. MDS with the crack at MERIC strong and the section over M slightly raised into a retained cud. An outstanding example of this rare variety. Graded VF20 by Del Bland and finest known in his census listing, called F12 by Bill Noyes and tied for CC#2 in his latest census list (although he graded it VF20 and CC#1 in his previous census). This is the plate coin in the Noyes book and the reverse is plated in Penny Whimsy.
    Ex Joseph J. Adamski 1957 - John A. Schreuder 4/59 in trade for a VF30 1799 - Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/19/72 - R.E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/23/92 - Eric Streiner 4/7/92 - C. Douglas Smith - Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

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