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Obverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 247     Reverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 247

1803 LARGE CENT - 

"Mumps Obverse"

Rarity: Scarce   

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

"AU-59" (illustrated above)
- Superior 06/2000:212, where it was described as follows:
"1803 S-247 R3 AU58 Choice glossy light steel brown and tan with lots of mint luster in protected areas, especially on the reverse. Just the slightest hint of friction on the highest points of the design away from mint state. The only marks, and they are trivial, are a short, very light hairline on the cheek, a tiny rim nick over the A in STATES, and a few microscopic ticks on both sides. Sharp EDS, the fields smooth and hard and the impressed dentils at the fraction crisp. Graded MS60 choice by Noyes and listed as CC#1; called AU55 by Bland, tied for CC#2. Either way this cent is beautiful.
     Ex Julian Leidman 8/70-Bruce Todd 3/5/72 - Gordon J. Wrubel 9/74-Jack H. Beymer 11/26/83-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Auction appearances:
NGC EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2491, "B-5, small date, small fraction" sold for $632.50

- Ray Chatham 10/1960
- Unknown
- Steve Ivy Numismatic Auctions "The Phoenix Sale":49
- Superior 1/2005:72

Sources and recommended reading:
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William Sheldon

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club