PCGS grade. Ex Dr. George P. French 3/21/29-B. Max Mehl 1929 FPL, lot 348-H. A. Stoddard 1934-B. Max Mehl Collection-Ted & Carl Brandts (Celina Coin Co.) #12, 2/1945:129-T. James Clarke 1949-Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/19/72-R. E. Naftzger, Jr., New Netherlands Coin Co. 11/14/73:588-Stack's-John L. Roper II, Stack's 12/8/83:455-R. E. Naftzger, Jr.
Ron Guth: The "Comet" variety of the 1807 Large Cent is so-named because of a flaw in the left obverse field that connects the rim with Liberty's hair just above the hairbow. This flaw is unique to the Sheldon-271 variety and does not appear on any other 1807 obverse. However, the flaw itself is not diagnostic of the S-271 variety, as early states of the dies are perfect and do not show the flaw. In actuality, this die contains numerous flaws that appeared and worsened asa the die aged. The additional flaws included numerous die clashes, a parallel, raised line in the right obverse field in front of Liberty's face, and a horizontal crack across her bust at the throat level. This is a very popular variety because of the obvious flaw and the numerous die states.
Though this is a fairly common variety, it is difficult to locate in high grade, especially Mint State. As of March 2011, PCGS had certified only eight Mint State examples, five in MS-63BN, one in MS64BN, and two in MS65RB. None have been grade finer and full Red examples are known.
Homer K. Downing Collection - Abe Kosoff (Numismatic Gallery) 5/15/1947 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Abe Kosoff 10/1959:100 - Stack's, sold privately - Doris E. (Dorothy) Nelson - Toby and Doris E. (Nelson) Szymanski (the "TAD" Collection) - Stack's 2/1976:76 - William R. T. Smith, sold privately in 4/7/1977 - C. Douglas Smith, sold privately on 12/8/1979 - Myles Z. Gerson Collection - Del Bland, sold privately on 3/12/1982 - C. Douglas Smith - Herman Halpern 12/11/1986 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr., sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner - Bowers & Merena 1/1997:8 - Thomas D. Reynolds Collection - Goldbergs 1/2016:304, $38,775
George W. Merritt Collection - Edouard Frossard 1/1879:154 - Edouard Frossard - John P. Lyman - S.H. Chapman 11/1913:430, $64 - Elmer S. Sears - Oscar J. Pearl - Numismatic Gallery Fixed Price List, 1944:211, $275 - Sol Kaplan - Numismatic Gallery 8/1946:1447, $237.50 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Robert Gildred Collection - Kagin’s 10/1983:1071, $6,325 - Anthony Terranova - Garry Fitzgerald - Bowers & Merena 8/1987:43, $7,480 - Anthony Terranova - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bowers & Merena 8/1987:43 - Bowers & Merena 1/1997:8, $???