1797 LARGE CENT -
Images courtesy of Superior
"EF-45" (illustrated above).
Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:166,
where it was described as follows:
"1797 S-141 R4+ EF45 Perhaps very slightly sharper but there is a
short, light scratch in the field at the chin and another under F-AM on the
reverse. Otherwise there are only a few trivial ticks here and there. Glossy
dark chocolate brown with peeps of frosty lighter brown in protected areas.
Sharp very early die state, the fields hard and slightly reflective. CC#2 in
both the Noyes and Bland condition census lists.
Ex William Beaver Chamberlin, Harmer Rooke Numismatists, Ltd., 8/87:8-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