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Obverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 120a     Reverse of 1797 Large Cent - Sheldon 120a


1797 LARGE CENT -
SHELDON 120a
Plain Edge

Rarity: Common

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

"VF-25" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale" 06/2000:143, where it was described as follows: "1797 S-120a R3 VF25 Plain Edge Glossy medium brown and chocolate with reddish chocolate toning on the right side of the obverse. The planchet is smooth and nearly free of defects. The only marks are a very thin planchet fissure in the field behind the head, a couple tiny rim nicks opposite the neck, and a pair of tiny rim nicks over TE in STATES. Scarce EDS before the obverse die started to crumble. At the lower end of the grade in terms of sharpness, but the eye appeal is above average.
     Ex Henry C. Hines-Homer K. Downing, 1952 ANA Sale, lot 1760-Willard C. Blaisdell 2/24/75-Del Bland 2/25/75-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

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