1797 LARGE CENT -
Rarity: Very Rare
Images courtesy of Superior
"VG-7+ (illustrated above).
Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", 06/2000:170,
where it was described as follows:
"1797 NC-3 R6 VG7+ Choice glossy medium brown and chocolate. The
planchet is smooth and corrosion-free. The only marks, and they are not at all
distracting, are a few very old, light scratches in the field at the throat and
a few others under the hair ribbon. Extremely rare late die state (one other
example is reported but I can't trace it) with a very strong crack at TES and
weaker cracks through the tops of OF AME. This is the Noyes plate coin for the
die state. Called VG8 and CC#2 by Noyes, VG7 tied for CC#3 by Bland. This is the
only example with a condition rated better than average, and most are below
average. The finest is a porous VG10 locked away in the ANS.
Ex Michael Kolman (Federal Brand Enterprises, unattributed) 10/73-Chuck Furjanic-Gordon
J. Wrubel 11/18/73-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