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Obverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon NC-1     Reverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon NC-1

1803 LARGE CENT - 

Rarity: Rare

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries 
From the "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 236, where it was described as follows:
"1803 NC-1 R5+ F15+ About 10 points sharper but the right obverse field has been very lightly burnished to remove a few hairline scratches. In addition, there are some light nicks scattered about both sides, none notable, and a small rim bruise at the O in OF. Recolored glossy steel brown and chocolate with traces of frosty tan in a couple protected areas of the obverse. LDS, the crack at NITE visible but not strong. CC#2 as net VF20 in both the Bland and Noyes census lists, but the #1 coin is permanently impounded in the ANS museum.
     Ex William P. Donlon, Abe Kosoff 11/56:1700-R.E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/23/92-Eric Streiner 4/22/92-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