1796 LARGE CENT -
No Proofs are known of this variety.
This was the only use of the obverse die.
The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1796 Sheldon NC-5
Images courtesy of
Coin provided by Anthony Terranova
Significant examples of
1. Tied for fourth finest known (illustrated above). Ex - S.H. &
H. Chapman's sale of the M.A. Brown collection, April 1897, Lot 773 -
Henry Chapman's sale of the George H. Earle collection, June 1912, Lot
3401 - Henry Chapman's sale of the William F. Brown collection, January
1915, Lot 313 - S.H. Chapman - Morgenthau's sale of the Howard Newcomb
collection, February 1945, Lot 111, "Uncirculated" - James Kelly
- William Sheldon - Dorothy Paschal - New Netherland's 50th Sale, December
1957, Lot 1030 - Harold Bareford in September 1985 - Stack's sale of the
Herman Halpern collection, March 1988, Lot 124, "AU-55", sold
$5,225.00 - Stack's sale of the John Whitney Walter collection, May 4,
1999, Lot 1748, "Extremely Fine-40...Fifth Finest Known", sold
$8,050.00 - Anthony Terranova. Noyes gave this coin a sharpness
grade of AU-50, with an overall grade of VF-35. According to
Terranova, this coin was professionally cleaned and recolored following
the Whitney sale in 1999, resulting in a drastically improved appearance
(compare the images above to those in the Whitney sale catalogue).
Whether or not this coin advances in the Census rankings has yet to be
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William H. Sheldon
Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
Phone conversation with
Anthony Terranova on May 15, 2000
"The Official CQR/Noyes
Condition Census for U.S. Large Cents 1793-1814" by William C.
Early American Coppers