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Obverse of 1798 Large Cent - Sheldon 163     Reverse of 1798 Large Cent - Sheldon 163
   


1798 DRAPED BUST CENT

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 1,841,745 (includes both 1798 and 1799)
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 28 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 168 grains (10.9 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmarks: None (all 1798 Large Cents were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

 

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin

Varieties (46):
1798/7 Overdate
    
Sheldon 150 - Rare
     Sheldon 151 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 152 - Common

     
Reverse of 1796
     Sheldon 155
- Scarce
     Sheldon 156 - Rare
     Sheldon 178 - Very Rare

1st Hair Style (Head of 1797)
    
Sheldon 144 - Very Rare
     Sheldon 145 - Scarce
     Sheldon 146 - Rare

     Sheldon 147 - Rare
     Sheldon 148 - Common
     Sheldon 149 - Very Rare
     Sheldon 153 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 154 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 157 - Common
     Sheldon 158 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 159 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 160 - Rare
     Sheldon 161 - Common
     Sheldon 162 - Very Scarce
    
Sheldon 163 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 164 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon NC-1 - 6 known
     Sheldon NC-2 - 5 known

2nd Hair Style (Head of 1799)
     Sheldon 165 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 166 - Very Common
     Sheldon 167 - Very Common
     Sheldon 168 - Scarce
     Sheldon 169 - Very Scarce
    
Sheldon 170 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 171 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 172 - Common
     Sheldon 173 - Scarce
     Sheldon 174 - Common
     Sheldon 175 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 176 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 177 - Rare
     Sheldon 179 - Very Common
     Sheldon 180 - Very Rare
     Sheldon 181 - Very Scarce
     Sheldon 182 - Rare
     Sheldon 183 - Rare
     Sheldon 184 - Very Common
     Sheldon 185 - Common
     Sheldon 186 - Common
     Sheldon 187 - Very Common

Notes:
The finest Brown "First Hairstyle" examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-65BN's.

The finest Red-Brown "First Hairstyle" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65RB's.

The finest Brown "Second Hairstyle" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58BN.

The finest Brown "Reverse of 1796" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65BN.

The finest Brown "1798/7" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-53BN.

Significant examples:
See individual varieties

Recent appearances:
See individual varieties

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service