1797 LARGE CENT -
Images courtesy of Superior
"AU-50+" (illustrated above).
Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:158,
where it was described as follows:
"1797 S-136 R3- AU50+ Slightly sharper but there is a reddish
chocolate spot of microscopic roughness at F-A on the reverse. Otherwise this
cent is a choice glossy light brown and tan with smooth, virtually perfect
surfaces. There is just a touch of very light friction on the highest points of
the design and no notable contact marks. MDS, the obverse very sharp while the
reverse is slightly blunted, as usual. Portions of the edge show clear grip
marks similar to those found on some of the S-120 and S-121 cents of this year.
There is no doubt these grip marks were present at the time of striking, but
their origin is a mystery to me. Graded AU55 net EF45 and CC#4 by Noyes, AU55
tied for CC#1 by Bland. A very attractive cent, especially the obverse.
Ex Stephen C. Fenton (Knightsbridge Coins, London)-Ronald J. Gillio
8/19/85-Doug Bird 5/29/86-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."
NGC AU-53. Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale",
October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5852, "Sheldon-136, Rev. of 1797,
"Net Fine-15". B&M "Robert W. Schwan"
10/2000:100, "Sheldon-136, Rev.
of 1797", $299.00
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William H. Sheldon
Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
Early American Coppers Club