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Obverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 250     Reverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 250

1803 LARGE CENT - 

Rarity: Scarce   

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

"AU-58" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 215, where it was described as follows:
"1803 S-250 R3 AU58 A beautiful, lustrous cent with mint state sharpness, but there are a couple dull rim nicks at RT in LIBERTY and a few microscopic contact marks on the cheek. Choice lustrous light steel brown with frosty tan faded down from mint color in protected areas plus a few peeps of very faded mint red on the reverse. MDS. Outstanding eye appeal (graded MS65 by Abe Kosoff in the 1959 Sloss sale). Called AU55 by Noyes and Bland and tied for CC#5 in both census lists. This is the Noyes plate coin for the variety.
    Ex Howard R. Newcomb (privately)-Dr. James O. Sloss 9/58, Abe Kosoff 10/21/59:82-Emanuel Taylor 10/60-R.E. Naftzger, Jr., New Netherlands Coin Co 11/73:566-Douglas Kaselitz-Gordon J. Wrubel-Myles Z. Gerson-Jerry A. Bobbe 5/10/74-C. Douglas Smith 3/30/92-Eric Streiner-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Recent appearances:
"MS-60".  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 522, sold for $6,612.50 Ex Stack's 1/2000:1593-Dr. Wallace Lee. 

AU50.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1140, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

Net EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 140, "Sheldon-250, Small Date, Small Fraction", illustrated, unsold

NGC Fine-12.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5853, "Sheldon-250, Small Date, Small Fraction", not plated, sold for $115.00

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club