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1794 LARGE CENT -
SHELDON 54

Variety Nickname: 

Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 46

Images courtesy of WH

Recent appearances:
PCGS VF-20.  Ex - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 25, "...F-12, sharpness of VF-20, patches of light corrosion...", illustrated, unsold

"VF-20".  Ex - James G. Macallister, June 6, 1944 at $15 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 269, where it was described (in part) as follows: "1794. "Head of 1794". Sheldon-54, Rarity-3. Del Bland graded VF-20. More than five points sharper but on the chin is a short, thin scratch, over the first S in STATES is a very small edge nick and traces of ancient corrosion exist around many devices, mostly on the reverse. Medium light brown with dark olive tones and somewhat glossy from a protective coat of wax applied decades ago...a lovely brown large cent, clean surfaces...", illustrated, sold for $1,552.00

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