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C.C.LINSLEY and C.I. TOMLIN counterstamps on an 1853 Arrows and Rays half dollar. Brunk-unlisted (both). Fine or so.

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C.C.LINSLEY and C.I. TOMLIN counterstamps on an 1853 Arrows and Rays half dollar. Brunk-unlisted (both). Fine or so.

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Pleasing and lightly toned medium gray. No bad marks, a few little scratches in the upper right obverse. The mark C.C. LINSLEY is from a prepared sans serif punch and doesn't quite fit on the coin, with the final Y only half present. C.I. TOMLIN is from a bold prepared punch. Two tiny Q punches appear at the top left of the second C and the top of the L in C.C. LINSLEY, who knows why. C.C. Linsley was a busy man in Michigan, serving as a church elder in 1858, a Superintendent of schools in the late 1870s, and a Mason in 1880. More importantly, he was a producer of patent medicines, as noted in the account of a fire in Nashville, Michigan in 1874. Interestingly, the sole "C.I. Tomlin" I turned up was a pharmacist in the early 20th century in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania. Maybe they knew each other? Maybe this coin came into Tomlin's pharmacy and he recognized Linsley's name? The Linsley mark could easily be older than the Tomlin mark, but who really knows. Neither mark is listed in the latest Brunk. The connection to a patent medicine bottler makes it pretty interesting as counterstamps go.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 0000097

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Details

Pleasing and lightly toned medium gray. No bad marks, a few little scratches in the upper right obverse. The mark C.C. LINSLEY is from a prepared sans serif punch and doesn't quite fit on the coin, with the final Y only half present. C.I. TOMLIN is from a bold prepared punch. Two tiny Q punches appear at the top left of the second C and the top of the L in C.C. LINSLEY, who knows why. C.C. Linsley was a busy man in Michigan, serving as a church elder in 1858, a Superintendent of schools in the late 1870s, and a Mason in 1880. More importantly, he was a producer of patent medicines, as noted in the account of a fire in Nashville, Michigan in 1874. Interestingly, the sole "C.I. Tomlin" I turned up was a pharmacist in the early 20th century in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania. Maybe they knew each other? Maybe this coin came into Tomlin's pharmacy and he recognized Linsley's name? The Linsley mark could easily be older than the Tomlin mark, but who really knows. Neither mark is listed in the latest Brunk. The connection to a patent medicine bottler makes it pretty interesting as counterstamps go.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 0000097

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