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Obverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 246     Reverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 246

1803 LARGE CENT - 

Rarity: Very Scarce   

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

"EF-45" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 211, where it was described as follows:
"1803 S-246 R3 EF45 Slightly sharper but there is a reddish-brown spot of microscopic roughness in the field before the face and a few light rim nicks on both sides, none notable. Nice glossy chocolate brown and steel with frosty lighter brown toning in protected areas. EDS, both dies showing light clashmarks. The fields are smooth and hard and there is no trace of the "mumps" break at the throat. Tied for CC#2 in the Noyes and Bland condition census listings. The obverse is plated in Penny Whimsy and both sides are plated in the Noyes book.

Ex Carl Wurtzbach-Barney Bluestone 3/49-Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/19/72-R.E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/23/92-Eric Streiner 3/30/92-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Recent appearances:
Del Bland graded Fine-12.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 356, "Sheldon-246, High Rarity-3", not illustrated, sold for $172.00

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club