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Obverse of 1794 Large Cent - Sheldon 59     Reverse of 1794 Large Cent - Sheldon 59


1794 LARGE CENT -
SHELDON 59

Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 57

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Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 382, sold for $10,350.00 Ex Herman Halpern, Stack's 3/16/88:81

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries New York ANA Sale, August 1-3, 2002, Lot 209, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "1794. S-59 R3-. PCGS graded Mint State 62 Brown. Frosty steel brown with lustrous tan and light steel brown toning in the protected areas. There is a thin, shallow planchet void from just left of the eye down to the center of the cheek, another smaller one in the field just left of the bottom of the cap, and a small planchet flake at the rim under the 7 in the date, all as struck. No spots and just the lightest touch of friction on the highest points of the design. There are a few very light rim bruises on both sides, and these have been carefully smoothed down so they are barely detectable, especially in the slab. M-LDS, Breen state V. A relatively strong die crack arcs through the fraction and final A in AMERICA. A frosty, attractive example in spite of the minor defects. Tied for CC#5 in the Bl and/Breen condition census.  Ex American Auction Association 12/75-Julian Leidman-Robert L. Hughes-Bowers & Ruddy 11/76:407-Robert L. ."Hughes-Anthony Terranova-Herman Halpern, Stack's 3/16/88:81-Julian Leidman-1988 ANA Sale (Heritage), lot 48-Andy Lustig-Stack's 1/89:235-Andy Lustig-Mid American Rare Coin Auctions 5/89:6-Martin Paul-Superior 10/89:3424-Martin Paul-unknown-Heritage 3/95:5011

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-50.  Ex - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 26, "...VF-30, sharpness of EF-40, rim flaws...", illustrated, sold for $3,105.00

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2427 sold for $805.00
 

VF-20 Light corrosion.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5396, "Sheldon-59", not plated, sold for $506.00

PCGS VF-20.  Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 79, "Sheldon-59, Head of 1794", not illustrated sold for $1,092.50

ANACS VG-10.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2428, "B-57, Head of '94" sold of $345.00

VG-10.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2429, "B-57, Head of '94" sold for $368.00

VG-10.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2430, "B-57, Head of '94" sold for $230.00

G6.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1112, illustrated, sold for $373.75

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

Obverse of 1794 Large Cent - Sheldon 59     Reverse of 1794 Large Cent - Sheldon 59

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