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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 137     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 137


Rarity: Common


Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"EF-45" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:160, where it was described as follows: "1797 S-137 R2 EF45 Choice uniform glossy chocolate brown. There is a barely visible rim bruise left of the lowest curl, otherwise defect-free. E-MDS, the obverse die shows some light flaking in the fields and the reverse is just starting to swell at RICA. Graded AU50 (choice) by both Noyes and Bland, tied for CC#1 in the Noyes list, #3 in the Bland list. Perhaps they gave it a little boost due to the outstanding eye appeal. It's a beautiful cent.
     Ex David Proskey-Henry C. Hines-Lillian Scheer-Homer K. Downing 1949-Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/19/72-R.E. Naftzger, Jr.-Denis W. Loring-Jack H. Beymer 6/17/75-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Recent appearances:
Del Bland VG-10, Sharpness of VF-20.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 147, illustrated, sold for $195.00

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