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Attractive 1798 Type I Large Cent with Early Counterstamp: Gunsmith or Silversmith?

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CARLETON & Co marked on 1798 S-145 large cent. Brunk C-187, Rulau Mass A705. Very Fine. A very attractive large cent with a deeply stamped mark in a long, rectangular cartouche in the right obverse field. The mark itself is distinctive, with a large ball end on the initial C and a different style curlicue on the second C. This has been attributed to James H. Carleton of Haverill, Massachusetts, who worked from 1840-55, but neither the style of the mark nor the timing seem right. Phineas Carleton, James' father, might be a better fit given the early date and high grade of the coin, but I can find no record of him (or James) styling themselves "Carleton & Co." A better fit may be their kinsman Michael Carleton of Haverill, Mass., and, later, Haverhill, New Hampshire (settled by folks from the other Haverhill), a gunsmith who flourished in the 1830s. Carleton, known for his underhammer pistols, did style himself "Carleton & Co.," which makes him a more likely choice. Brunk lists a "Carleton" mark on pieces dated as late as 1846, but the only "Carleton & Co" mark he records was on an 1803 large cent. Clearly this is an early mark, desirable as a silversmith or gunsmith, placed on a very attractive 18th century large cent. The cent itself is a nice light brown, mostly smooth, with two light rim bruises in the upper left quadrant of the reverse. From the Steve Tanenbaum Collection.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 12031

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CARLETON & Co marked on 1798 S-145 large cent. Brunk C-187, Rulau Mass A705. Very Fine. A very attractive large cent with a deeply stamped mark in a long, rectangular cartouche in the right obverse field. The mark itself is distinctive, with a large ball end on the initial C and a different style curlicue on the second C. This has been attributed to James H. Carleton of Haverill, Massachusetts, who worked from 1840-55, but neither the style of the mark nor the timing seem right. Phineas Carleton, James' father, might be a better fit given the early date and high grade of the coin, but I can find no record of him (or James) styling themselves "Carleton & Co." A better fit may be their kinsman Michael Carleton of Haverill, Mass., and, later, Haverhill, New Hampshire (settled by folks from the other Haverhill), a gunsmith who flourished in the 1830s. Carleton, known for his underhammer pistols, did style himself "Carleton & Co.," which makes him a more likely choice. Brunk lists a "Carleton" mark on pieces dated as late as 1846, but the only "Carleton & Co" mark he records was on an 1803 large cent. Clearly this is an early mark, desirable as a silversmith or gunsmith, placed on a very attractive 18th century large cent. The cent itself is a nice light brown, mostly smooth, with two light rim bruises in the upper left quadrant of the reverse. From the Steve Tanenbaum Collection.

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Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 12031

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