On Fri, 16 Jul 1999 01:59:08 -0500, "J Engelken"
>I think I might have stumbled onto something rare. This is the single leaf
>reverse of 96. There is a ghost mark above the right (your perspective)
>upper leaf that is a product of the scan (there's only one leaf). If I'm
>not crazy, this is an exact match of the NC1 listed in Penny Whimsy as an
>R8. The two URL's are big and bigger views of the cent. All opinions are
While I won't claim certainty, it looks like a 121b. First, I do
think it is a 1797 reverse of '96, which eliminates all varieties
except for 120(a/b), 121(a/b), and NC-1. (Though, I am attributing
from the two RS Brown catalogs, so I do not have an NC-7 to compare to
determine if that is a reverse of 96 or not. Probably not due to the
distributions.) 120 can be easily eliminated, as the coin does not
have a wide date. Finally, I think I see the die crack in the left
field, and the scan does suggest that the coin has a gripped edge,
which would mean the coin is a 121b.
Better attributers might differ.