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Obverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 243     Reverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 243


1803 LARGE CENT - 
SHELDON 243

Rarity: Scarce   

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
"MS-60" (illustrated above).  Superior
"Pre-Long Beach Sale" 06/2000, Lot 206, where it was described as follows: "1803 S-243 R2+ MS60 Stemless Wreath Double Fraction Bar. Glossy light steel brown and tan with lustrous golden tan in protected areas. There are a couple tiny ticks on the bust and a small spot of darker toning near the dentils off the tip of the nose. The reverse is choice. Scarce EDS, before the obverse rim cuds and with a double set of impressed dentils over MERICA. Called MS65 choice tied for CC#2 by Noyes, MS60 and CC#5 by Bland.

Ex George L. Davis-Stack's 4/10/54:1614-C. Douglas Smith-Louis Helfenstein-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Recent appearances:
Del Bland graded VF-20.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 354, "Stemless wreath, double fraction bar.  Sheldon-243, Rarity-2.  Ex: James Macallister circa 1945.", illustrated, sold for $632.00

Del Bland graded Sharpness of Fine-15 but tooled.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 355, "Stemless wreath.  Sheldon-243, Rarity-2", not illustrated, sold for $161.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William Sheldon

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club