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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon NC-2     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon NC-2


Rarity: Very Rare

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"VF-20" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:169, where it was described as follows: "1797 NC-2 R6 VG10 Sharpness VF20 but dark and very lightly corroded, mostly in the left obverse field. Slightly glossy dark olive brown with chocolate brown highpoints. MDS, the rim cud at ST in STATES strong. The date is bold and legends all clear. Called VF20 net VG8 tied for CC#5 by Noyes, VF25 net VG10 tied for CC#2 by Bland. (The finest known is a corroded net F15 held by the ANS.)
     Ex Stack's (privately) 8/10/64-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

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