1803 LARGE CENT -
Rarity: Very Scarce
Images courtesy of Superior
"EF-45" (illustrated above).
Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 211,
where it was described as follows:
"1803 S-246 R3 EF45 Slightly sharper but there is a reddish-brown spot of
microscopic roughness in the field before the face and a few light rim nicks on
both sides, none notable. Nice glossy chocolate brown and steel with frosty
lighter brown toning in protected areas. EDS, both dies showing light clashmarks.
The fields are smooth and hard and there is no trace of the "mumps"
break at the throat. Tied for CC#2 in the Noyes and Bland condition census
listings. The obverse is plated in Penny Whimsy and both sides are plated in the
Ex Carl Wurtzbach-Barney Bluestone 3/49-Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/19/72-R.E.
Naftzger, Jr., 2/23/92-Eric Streiner 3/30/92-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A.
Del Bland graded Fine-12. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins &
Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16,
18-20, 2001, Lot 356, "Sheldon-246, High
Rarity-3", not illustrated, sold for $172.00
Sources and/or recommended
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William Sheldon
Early American Coppers Club