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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 129     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 129


Rarity: Very Rare

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"VF-35" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:151, where it was described as follows: "1797 S-129 R6 VF35 Sharpness EF40 with a few tiny rim nicks on both sides and a dull nick on the right top of E in ONE. Nicely recolored glossy steel brown and chocolate with some frosty light brown in protected areas of the reverse. Graded EF40 by Bill Noyes and Del Bland. CC#1 in the Noyes census, tied for CC#1 with the ANS example in the Bland census. The best behind these two is only VF20, making this example by far the finest available to collectors. MDS. This is the plate coin in the Noyes book.
    Ex Robert D. Book 5/1930-George H. Clapp 3/25/45-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