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Obverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 251     Reverse of 1803 Large Cent - Sheldon 251

1803 LARGE CENT - 

Rarity: Common   

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

"MS-60" (illustrated above).  Superior "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 217, where it was described as follows:
"1803 S-251 R2 MS60 Lustrous light steel brown and tan with peeps of very faded mint red in protected areas of the reverse. The surfaces are choice except for a dull nick on the shoulder, three tiny nicks on the neck, and a small dark spot at the dentils left of L in LIBERTY. The reverse is flawless. E-MDS. Graded MS60 (above average) by Noyes and tied for CC#1; called AU55 tied for CC#7 by Bland. Another very attractive 1803 cent.

Ex England-Quality Sales 11/72:86-unknown-Lester Merkin 1/10/78-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."

Recent appearances:
NGC EF-45.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5854, "Sheldon-251, Small Date, Small Fraction", not plated, sold for $575.00

Del Bland graded Fine-15.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 358, "Sheldon-251, Rarity-2", not illustrated, sold for $190.00

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club