1797 LARGE CENT -
Rarity: Very Scarce
Images courtesy of Superior
"EF-45" (illustrated above).
Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:157,
where it was described as follows:
"1797 S-134 R4 EF45 Ten points sharper but recolored golden tan and
steel brown with delicate overtones of bluish steel, mostly on the obverse. The
details are very sharp showing just a touch of light friction on the highest
points of the design. There are two tiny voids in the planchet, as minted, left
of the hair ribbon, and a spot of very minor roughness at the bottom of the
first A in AMERICA. E-MDS, the cracks at E in AMERICA light. An attractive cent
in spite of the rather unnatural color, and a good candidate for a proper
recoloring. Graded AU50 net VF35 CC#6 by Noyes, net EF45 tied for CC#2 by Bland.
The reverse is plated in Penny Whimsy.
Ex Homer K. Downing-New Netherlands Coin Co. #38 (1952 ANA Sale), lot
1775-Abe Kosoff-R.E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/23/92-Eric Streiner 4/7/92-C. Douglas
Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William H. Sheldon
Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
Early American Coppers Club