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    (1861-65) C. Kusterer, Grand Rapids, MI, F-370F-4a, R.9, MS64 Brown NGC. Christopher Kusterer was the proprietor of the City Brewery. He was born in Germany in 1823 and worked as an apprentice brewer from 1837 to 1844 and emigrated to America the following year. After a brief stay in Ann Arbor, he came to Grand Rapids in 1847. Kusterer established his brewery in Grand Rapids with William Parmell, who succumbed to gold fever and left for California in 1849. His death occurred in 1880, when he was one of 60 passengers that perished when the S.S. Alpena sunk on Lake Michigan. Although NGC has designated this Choice Mint State piece as Brown, it is really Red and Brown with about 20% of its red color on each side. Slight weakness appears at the upper obverse and reverse. An outstanding piece and likely the finest of just three or four known.
    From The Clifton A. Temple Collection.


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