Images courtesy of Superior
(illustrated above). Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale"
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."
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William H. Sheldon
Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen
Early American Coppers Club