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California Gold Rush merchant EVERMAN counterstamp on 1854 $2.50

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EVERMAN counterstamp on 1854 quarter eagle. Brunk E-247. Extremely Fine. EVERMAN punched once vertically in the left obverse field, again horizontally atop the reverse. Pleasing yellow gold with some toning at the peripheries and some remaining lustre. Nice surface quality, though there is a pretty substantial abrasion at EVER of the obverse mark, almost like someone thought they could remove the counterstamp. Identifying this marker has been problematical; the long-identified William Everman of Sacramento has now been shown to have died in 1852, which would make him an unlikely candidate to mark an 1854-dated coin. There are at least three gold coins known with the Everman countermark (any gold coin with a countermark is extremely unusual, to say the least). The fact that one of them is an 1852 $50 gold slug makes his location almost certainly California, as slugs did not circulate elsewhere. Most of his known marks are on Gold Rush-era coins, including this piece, an 1851 gold dollar, and an 1853 Arrows dime. The only exception I know of is the 1825 Bust half depicted in Brunk. 

Gold coins with merchant counterstamps are one of the prime desideratum of counterstamp specialists. The same can be said for California Gold Rush merchants (witness the prices paid for marks like J.L. Polhemus or W.W. Light, Dentist). This piece combines both aspects in an attractive package.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 15005

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EVERMAN counterstamp on 1854 quarter eagle. Brunk E-247. Extremely Fine. EVERMAN punched once vertically in the left obverse field, again horizontally atop the reverse. Pleasing yellow gold with some toning at the peripheries and some remaining lustre. Nice surface quality, though there is a pretty substantial abrasion at EVER of the obverse mark, almost like someone thought they could remove the counterstamp. Identifying this marker has been problematical; the long-identified William Everman of Sacramento has now been shown to have died in 1852, which would make him an unlikely candidate to mark an 1854-dated coin. There are at least three gold coins known with the Everman countermark (any gold coin with a countermark is extremely unusual, to say the least). The fact that one of them is an 1852 $50 gold slug makes his location almost certainly California, as slugs did not circulate elsewhere. Most of his known marks are on Gold Rush-era coins, including this piece, an 1851 gold dollar, and an 1853 Arrows dime. The only exception I know of is the 1825 Bust half depicted in Brunk. 

Gold coins with merchant counterstamps are one of the prime desideratum of counterstamp specialists. The same can be said for California Gold Rush merchants (witness the prices paid for marks like J.L. Polhemus or W.W. Light, Dentist). This piece combines both aspects in an attractive package.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 15005

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