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    1815 Browning-1 Quarter, MS62
    Enigmatic 'E' Counterstamp Above the Cap

    1815 25C "E" Counterstamp, B-1, R.1, MS62 NGC. While the "E" counterstamp, as found on a few 1815 and 1825 quarters, outnumbers the similar "L" counterstamped coins by a factor of about 2 to 1, the exact number that survive is secondary to the mere fact that they exist at all. The pieces have been known since the 1870s, and one appeared in a George Massamore sale in 1881, so they are not a modern concoction. Rather, they are vestiges of an unknown purpose that are eagerly sought by quarter and counterstamp collectors alike. Those who wish to know more about the theories for their existence are urged to read the discussion by Steve Tompkins in his Early United States Quarters book, as well as Chapter 16 of Karl Moulton's book, Henry Voigt And Others Involved with America's Early Coinage. This MS62 example of the "E" countermark crisply impressed and ranks among the finest-known of its kind. Lustrous golden-gray toning yields to gunmetal blue shades at the borders, with claims to an even finer grade. (NGC ID# 23RG, Variety PCGS# 38942, Base PCGS# 5321)

    Weight: 6.74 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    August, 2017
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