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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 124     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 124


1797 LARGE CENT -
SHELDON 124

Rarity: Rare

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
"Fine-15" (illustrated above).  Superior"Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/ 2000:146, where it was described as follows:
"1797 S-124 R5+ F15 Slightly sharper but there is microscopic roughness in protected areas of the reverse. Free of any notable marks, just a few trivial ticks on both sides. Steel brown and chocolate with reddish brown toning in some protected areas. The obverse surfaces are glossy, the reverse less so due to the minor roughness. MDS. Tied for CC#2 in both the Noyes and Bland census listings, and most of the census-level pieces have significant defects with less eye appeal than this example.  Ex A. Dean Tomlinson, Jr., 4/78-Denis W. Loring 5/3/78-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