Hello. This is one for the Sheldon number experts out there to try and
figure out if it's possible from my scan and your interested. I love early
large cents but know nothing of the various varieties and normally don't
worry about it. However, this coin has a very odd reverse and I'm curious
as to which Sheldon variety it may be. I'll provide a description the best
I can along with a link to my scan of the coin.
As far as the obverse goes, the scan tells the tale. I see nothing out
of the ordinary concerning it, except "LI" in LIBERTY are a little soft.
The reverse is a different story. First, as the scan shows, the reverse is
rotated to the left (the scan is an accurate reflection of the rotation).
There is a cud that runs from the rim to the tops of the letters about 1/8"
to the left of the first "S" in STATES to just above the "A" in STATES, as
well. Now for the tough part. I really don't know how to put this into
good words, but here I go. There is an arched shaped area on the planchet
that appears to be missing the top layer of metal that extends from the rim
between the "E" and last "S" in STATES down to the lower set of leaves just
below the end leaves at the right hand (your perspective) side of the
wreath, back up to the rim just to the right (your perspective) of the "F"
in OF (get that - grin). It obviously was there before the coin was struck.
Also, the same thing occurs from the first "S" in STATES down to the next to
the last top leaf on the left hand (your perspective) side of the wreath
that goes back up and kind of fades away under the second "T" in STATES (get
that also - grin). The coin is a little weaker struck on the left hand side
as well. "100" in the fraction, UNITED, and "STATE" in STATES are a little
soft. The leaves in the wreath also appear slightly soft. "S OF AMERICA"
is strong, as well as ONE CENT and the "1" in the fraction.
Well, there it is! If anyone dares to try and conquer this and let me
know what variety it probably is and if it's scarce at all, I would greatly
appreciate it! The coin can be viewed at: