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Obverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 256     Reverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 256

1803 LARGE CENT - 

Rarity: Scarce

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From the "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 223, where it was described as follows:
"1803 S-256 R3 MS60+ Nice glossy medium steel brown with frosty golden tan in protected areas and underlying mint luster on both sides. There is a small, very faint scuff in the field before the eye and a couple small spots of darker olive brown toning (not carbon) left of the lower curls, plus a similar spot under the tip of the stem. MDS with a very shallow low spot (as minted) under the earlobe and extending onto the cheek. The obverse and reverse die cracks are clear, but the cud at STA has not formed. Another great 1803 cent. Graded MS60+ choice tied for CC#2 by Noyes; Bland says MS60 and CC#3.
     Ex David Proskey-Henry C. Hines-Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/19/72-R.E. Naftzger, Jr., New Netherlands Coin Co., 11/73:574-Julian Leidman 4/74-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club