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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 130     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 130


Rarity: Common

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"AU-50" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:152, where it was described as follows: "1797 S-130 R2 AU50 Double Profile Glossy steel brown and chocolate with some slightly darker olive brown toning on the reverse. A few microscopic marks at OF are the only notable signs of contact, and they are trivial. Sharply struck very early die state (VEDS), but the obverse is struck slightly off center to K-3, the reverse to K-5. In addition, there is a very fine double profile from the forehead down to the chin. Graded Mint State-60 by Del Bland and tied for CC#1 in his census, EF45 by Bill Noyes and tied for CC#5. Either way this is an important and very attractive cent. This is the Noyes plate coin.
     Ex George Pappas 11/19/49-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Recent appearances:
VG10.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1131, illustrated, sold for $258.75

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