1803 LARGE CENT -
Images courtesy of Superior
"MS-60" (illustrated above).
Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 217,
where it was described as follows:
"1803 S-251 R2 MS60 Lustrous light steel brown and tan with peeps of
very faded mint red in protected areas of the reverse. The surfaces are choice
except for a dull nick on the shoulder, three tiny nicks on the neck, and a
small dark spot at the dentils left of L in LIBERTY. The reverse is flawless.
E-MDS. Graded MS60 (above average) by Noyes and tied for CC#1; called AU55 tied
for CC#7 by Bland. Another very attractive 1803 cent.
Ex England-Quality Sales 11/72:86-unknown-Lester Merkin 1/10/78-C. Douglas
Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."
NGC EF-45. Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s
"Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5854,
"Sheldon-251, Small Date, Small Fraction", not plated, sold
Del Bland graded
Fine-15. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles,
Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001,
Lot 358, "Sheldon-251, Rarity-2", not illustrated, sold for $190.00
Sources and recommended
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William Sheldon
Early American Coppers Club