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    1798 Bust Dollar, B-4, BB-92, XF40
    Enigmatic S.C. Kingman Counterstamp

    1798 $1 Silver Dollar, Large Eagle, Knob 9, 5 Vertical Lines, B-4, BB-92, R.4, XF40 NGC. S.C. Kingman Counterstamp. Brunk K-221, Rulau HT-458A. Bowers Die State I. Classified in Rulau as from the Hard Times era based on the presence of this unusual style counterstamp on an 1837 Hard Times token. The tiny, script counterstamp is a letter style seldom seen among counterstamped coins. Dr. Brunk thought it to be a jeweler's mark, while Rulau presents the interesting theory that it may be the mark of an early coin collector, who personalized his coins. All of the S.C. Kingman marks are seen on collector type coins, some of them pre-1800 such as this 1798 dollar. Although today's collectors would be aghast, on occasion early collectors counterstamped coins in their collection as a protective measure against theft or substitution (or simply for vanity). We have not seen this counterstamp before on a Bust dollar, nor is it listed in either reference. The host coin is attractive with sharp definition and pleasing, smooth silver-gray surfaces.

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

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    November, 2018
    8th-11th Thursday-Sunday
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