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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 140     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 140


Rarity: Common

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"EF-40 (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:164, where it was described as follows: "1797 S-140 R1 EF40 Glossy steel brown and chocolate. There are a few light nicks over the bust tip and a dull scrape at the base of UNI; otherwise the surfaces are excellent. MDS with obvious die failure at the bust causing weakness there and at the opposing area at OF on the reverse, as usual. Otherwise the strike is sharp. Graded EF40 by Noyes and Bland and tied for CC#7 in both lists.
     Ex E.S. Walton 7/1/49-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Recent appearances:
Fine-15.  Stack's "University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 85, "Sheldon-140, Connected Bar", $287.50

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