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1846 Large Penny - Is This An Error?

 
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 Posted 02/25/2020  6:45 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jimr451 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi,

I was about to post this lot of 3 coins to ebay, and noticed in the photo on the 1846 coin, a strange 3* on it - see photo.


Is this something that happened after minting? I couldn't find anything online about it, so I suspect maybe so. My uncle had this coin with others, and didn't note anything special about it.

Thanks for any comments.

-Jim
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 Posted 02/25/2020  7:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jakes Coins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks to be a Counterstamp (meaning someone stamped that into the coin at some point of its life) though not an expert, always welcome to CCF
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 Posted 02/25/2020  7:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, a counter-stamp of unknown origin.



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 Posted 02/25/2020  7:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@jr451, first welcome to CCF. Second, with a so-called "maveric" counterstamp like this, it is very hard to get an attribution. You might be interested in this CCF thread, with tons of counterstamps:

http://goccf.com/t/126486
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 Posted 02/25/2020  9:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimr451 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok, thanks so much - I'm off to explore the world of "Counterstamps"!

-Jim
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 Posted 02/25/2020  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the CCF, Jim.

Yep, this is PMD, a maverick counterstamp that I've not before encountered, and I've seen tens of thousands of them, given that they're one of my major collecting interests.

This "3*" c/s appears tinier than most. It may have served as a jeweler's or other fine craftsman's mark. One key to identifying marks like this is to locate a known or highly attributable c/s that bears a matching mark. It's a rare occurrence, but it has been done!

Barring the extremely slim chance of this c/s being attributed, this maverick c/s renders the coin damaged, having minimal value as such. On the flip-side, attributed c/s's can greatly enhance the value of their host coins.
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