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Obverse of 1804 Large Cent - Sheldon 266     Reverse of 1804 Large Cent - Sheldon 266


1804 DRAPED BUST CENT

PCGS No: 1504

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 96,500
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 28 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 168 grains (10.9 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmarks: None (all examples of this type were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)

Notes:
The finest 1804 Large Cent graded by PCGS is a single MS-62BN.

The "Restrike" combines an altered obverse of 1803 Sheldon 261 and a reverse of 1820 Newcomb 12 (Sheldon mis-identified it as a die of 1818; Dr. Charles McGirk mis-identified it as a reverse of 1810).  This reverse die was also used to "restrike" 1810 Large Cents in Tin.

1804 DRAPED BUST CENT

Reprinted with permission from Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents 1793-1814, by Walter Breen, edited by Mark R. Borckardt

As in 1803, this year began with ample supplies of Boulton planchets on hand (nearly 1,600,000), and several pairs of unused dies (1803 obverses and Large Letters reverses).
On May 25, Boudinot ordered more blanks from Boulton: about 20 tons, half for cents, the rest for half cents....

Images courtesy of Dirk Loebbers

Varieties (1):
Sheldon 266 - Common
Copper "Restrike" - Common
Tin "Restrike" - Extremely Rare

1804 "Restrike" in Copper and Tin - believed to have been struck circa 1860 by Joseph Mickley and Edward Cogan using an altered 1803 obverse and a reverse of 1820!  Tin examples are extremely rare.

Recent appearances:
Restrike.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2501, sold for $368.00

Restrike.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2502, sold for $253.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2005" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Penny Whimsy" by Dr. William H. Sheldon

"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents 1793-1814" by Walter Breen