Okay, most counterstamps are innies
, but...here's a monstrously rare outie
I posted this in the wrong place last summer, but our Esteemed Moderator Spence suggested I share it in this obviously more relevant thread. Wondering if anyone else has seen anything like it...or maybe owns one, or has some clues as to its attribution? (I've never collected countermarks per se
, so none of the Brunk editions (R.I.P., Greg!) have found their way into my library.)
It's an 1897 Ceylon 10c with a countermark that was added or "affixed" like a plaque to the coin. Spence suggested "brazing" as the method of attachment, but my admittedly sketchy metallurgical research indicates that technique may not work with silver and gold.
My close-up scan of the plaque shows some gouging or scraping underneath...not sure what that means, but I suppose it could be just a matter of heating and roughening up the surface to get some grippier adhesion for the similarly heated bit of silver that was added.
I picked this up for a quarter out of a junk bin at a West Coast show about 35 years ago, back when I was collecting "British World" exonumia. To add to my ignorance about this piece, I have no idea what "ACCJ" represents.
Any clues out there?
Forgot to mention above that a hanger has been removed from the 12:00 position, so maybe it was intended to be some sort of love token or "charm," as on a bracelet.
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