Gordon Wrubel: The 1799 is one of the key dates in the large cent series. There are two varieties, the normal date (Sheldon-189) and the overdate, 1799/8 (Sheldon-188). Both are scarce coins in all grades, and extremely rare in grades above EF. There is only one known mint state example of either variety, the 1799 normal date graded MS61 Brown by PCGS that sold in the September, 2009 auction of the Dan Holmes collection for $977,500.
David Hall: The year 1799 is a magic year for large cent enthusiasts. There are two varieties, the 1799 'normal date" and the 1799/8 overdate. There is only one known mint state example of this date, the 1799 normal date from the Dan Holmes collection. The coin's previous owners included Ted Naftzger and Dr. William Sheldon.
England - A. H. Baldwin - brought to the United States in the late 1920s and traded to Frank H. Shumway - Elmer S. Sears - Wayte Raymond 10/1928 - Henry C. Hines - Dr. William H. Sheldon, 1945 - Harold E. Whiteneck - Numismatic Gallery “1947 ANA”, lot 851 - Harold E. Whiteneck - Dr. James O. Sloss, 9/1958 - R. E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino (The Mint) 4/1996 - Jack Wadlington (via Bob Grellman & Chris McCawley), 11/2005 - Dan Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:352, $977,500