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Obverse of 1794 Large Cent - Sheldon 22     Reverse of 1794 Large Cent - Sheldon 22


Variety nickname:
Bent Lock

Rarity: Very Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1668

No Proofs are known of this variety.

This was the only use of the obverse and reverse dies.

Images courtesy of WH

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7485, illustrated, sold for $2,645.00  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

VF-35 Burnished.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5040, "1794 Head of 1794, Sheldon-22, Rarity-1", not illustrated, sold for $483.00

Net VF-25/20, sharpness congruent.  Ex - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc.'s "The Norweb Collection: Early American and U.S. Coins, Part III", November 14-15, 1988, Lot 2699  Purchased from Scott Stamp & Coin on December 4, 1909

VF-20.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 57, "Sheldon 22, Bent Lock", illustrated, sold for $690.00 

Net Fine-15.  Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 77, "Sheldon-22", plated, sold for $1,035.00

Fine-12.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 76, "Sheldon-22", sold for $264.50  Ex Stack's October 1999 Sale, lot 38

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

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club