1803 1C S-251 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Cents 1796-1807

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

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PCGS MS63+BN

PCGS MS63+BN

PCGS MS63BN

PCGS MS63BN

PCGS #:
36368
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
3,131,691
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64BN PCGS grade

Matthew Adams Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:1531 - J. E. Cunningham - Howard R. Newcomb Collection - J. C. Morgenthau 2/1945:414 - Milton A. Holmes Collection - Stack's 10/1960:1438 - Dr. E. Yale Clarke Collection - Stack's 10/21975:64 - C. Douglas Smith Collection, sold privately in 4/1979 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Stack's “Auction '81” 7/24/81:1512 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Goldbergs 9/2008:188, $17,825

2 MS63+BN PCGS grade

Tom Reynolds Collection

3 MS63BN PCGS grade

Thomas Elder 2/1926:1261, $20 - Frank Hussey - New Netherlands 4/1960:1441, $215 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - New Netherlands 11/1973:568, $650 - Doug Kaselitz Collection - Gordon J. Wrubel - Jack H. Beymer, sold privately in 4/1988 - Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Collection - Superior 1/1996:349, $6,325 - W.M. "Jack" Wadlington Collection - Chris Victor-McCawley - Walter J. Husak Collection - Heritage 2/2008:2254, $13,800 - Daniel W. Holmes, Jr. Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:495, $9,775 - Adam Mervis Collection - Heritage 1/2014:2801, $10,575

3 MS63BN PCGS grade

R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Tom Reynolds Collection

#1 MS64BN PCGS grade

Matthew Adams Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:1531 - J. E. Cunningham - Howard R. Newcomb Collection - J. C. Morgenthau 2/1945:414 - Milton A. Holmes Collection - Stack's 10/1960:1438 - Dr. E. Yale Clarke Collection - Stack's 10/21975:64 - C. Douglas Smith Collection, sold privately in 4/1979 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Stack's “Auction '81” 7/24/81:1512 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Goldbergs 9/2008:188, $17,825

#2 MS63+BN PCGS grade

Tom Reynolds Collection

#3 MS63BN PCGS grade

Thomas Elder 2/1926:1261, $20 - Frank Hussey - New Netherlands 4/1960:1441, $215 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - New Netherlands 11/1973:568, $650 - Doug Kaselitz Collection - Gordon J. Wrubel - Jack H. Beymer, sold privately in 4/1988 - Robinson S. Brown, Jr. Collection - Superior 1/1996:349, $6,325 - W.M. "Jack" Wadlington Collection - Chris Victor-McCawley - Walter J. Husak Collection - Heritage 2/2008:2254, $13,800 - Daniel W. Holmes, Jr. Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:495, $9,775 - Adam Mervis Collection - Heritage 1/2014:2801, $10,575

#3 MS63BN PCGS grade

R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Tom Reynolds Collection

Ron Guth:

The Sheldon-251 1803 Large Cent features a small 3 in the date and a small fraction on the reverse. Identification of this variety is easy because the fraction bar is the shortest of any of the 1803 varieties; the final S of STATES is repunched, and the M of AMERICA is repunched. Only S-251 has these three attribution points.

S-251 is a common variety but, like most 1803s, it is rare in Mint State. One of the finest examples is the one George Clapp donated to the American Numismatic Society. The next-best collectible example is the PCGS MS64BN ex Stickney, Newcomb - Clarke - Naftzger, sold by the Goldbergs in 2008. No Red-Brown or Red examples are known of the S-251.