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Obverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 260     Reverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 260


1803 LARGE CENT - 
SHELDON 260

Rarity: Very Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 19

   

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"AU-55" (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 228, where it was described as follows: "1803 S-260 R1 AU55 Choice glossy golden tan with steel brown highpoints and lots of mint luster in the fields. The only marks are a couple tiny rim nicks left of the shoulder, a very light nick high on the neck, and three very tiny rim nicks at the bottom of the reverse. LDS with clear die clashmarks on both sides. Tied for CC#3 in the Bland census, #5 in the Noyes list. The obverse is plated in Penny Whimsy. Comes with excellent eye appeal and a nice pedigree.  Ex Carl Wurtzbach-Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/19/72-R.E. Naftzger, Jr.-New Netherlands Coin Co. 11/14/73:578-A-Mark Coin Co., 4/74-C. Douglas Smith-Myles Z. Gerson-Bertram Cohen 3/29/85-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded AU-53 and Del Bland graded VF-35.  Ex - James G. Macallister, June 6, 1944, sold for $10.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 362 - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 32, "...VF-35, sharpness of EF-45, obverse scratch and minor surface corrosion...", illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 147, "Sheldon-260, Small Date, Large Fraction", not illustrated, unsold

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2495, "Small date, large fraction" sold for $345.00

EF-40.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 80, "Sheldon-260, Small Date, Large Fraction", sold for $460.00

EF-40, Fields Tooled.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5387, not illustrated, sold for $258.75

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 148, "Sheldon-260 Small Date, Large Fraction", not illustrated, unsold

VF30.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1142, illustrated, sold for $322.00

VF30.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1143, illustrated, sold for $402.50

VF-30.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 81, "Sheldon-260, Small Date, Large Fraction" @ $299.00

VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5386, not illustrated, not sold 

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club