1803 LARGE CENT -
Images courtesy of Superior
From the "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 233, where
it was described as follows:
"1803 S-263 R3 AU50+ Just the barest trace of light friction on the
highest points of the design, but there is a dark spot on the eyeball and some
light contact marks in the right obverse field. Otherwise the surfaces are
excellent with great luster and eye appeal. Frosty tan and light steel brown
with darker steel toning on the highpoints and peeps of faded mint red on the
reverse. E-MDS. There is a microscopic crack through the bottom of the date and
die clashmarks on both sides, strongest on the reverse. This is the Noyes plate
coin for the variety and was plated in the 1945 Newcomb sale catalog. Tied for
finest known honors at net AU50 in the Noyes condition census.
Ex Howard R. Newcomb-J.C. Morgenthau & Co. #458, 2/7/45:448-Willard C.
Blaisdell 5/75-Denis W. Loring 5/20/75-C. Douglas Smith-Dr. Robert A. Schuman."
NGC EF-40. Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan
Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 150, "Sheldon-263, Small
Date, Small Fraction Brown", not illustrated @ $552.00
EF-40 Dark. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long
Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5383, not
illustrated, sold for $1,150.00
Sources and recommended
"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William Sheldon
Early American Coppers Club