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(ca. 1840s-50s) Elisha Manross, Bristol, Conn. counterstamp on 1798 S-186 large cent. Brunk-unlisted. Fine or better.

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(ca. 1840s-50s) Elisha Manross, Bristol, Conn. counterstamp on 1798 S-186 large cent. Brunk-unlisted. Fine or better.

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(ca. 1840s-50s) Elisha Manross, Bristol, Conn. counterstamp on 1798 S-186 large cent. Brunk-unlisted. Fine or better. Undertype quite well worn but easily attributed by virtue of the long curved die crack through the last digit of the denominator across the right ribbon end. An exciting and undoubtedly rare countermark, unlisted in the Brunk book (and not seen in any other context), though Brunk lists an 1817 large cent marked, simply, MANROSS that may be from the same shop. Elisha Manross was a well known clockmaker in Bristol, Connecticut, which in the mid 19th century was the capital of American clock and watch manufacturing. Today, it's better known as the home of ESPN. Manross clocks are commonplace today, attractive and avidly collected. I imagine this mark (stamped once on the obverse and twice on the reverse, one atop the other) was probably used on the brass works of his clocks. The cent is glossy chocolate brown and pleasing with just a little bit of verdigris within ON of the second CONN on the reverse. 

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9503

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(ca. 1840s-50s) Elisha Manross, Bristol, Conn. counterstamp on 1798 S-186 large cent. Brunk-unlisted. Fine or better. Undertype quite well worn but easily attributed by virtue of the long curved die crack through the last digit of the denominator across the right ribbon end. An exciting and undoubtedly rare countermark, unlisted in the Brunk book (and not seen in any other context), though Brunk lists an 1817 large cent marked, simply, MANROSS that may be from the same shop. Elisha Manross was a well known clockmaker in Bristol, Connecticut, which in the mid 19th century was the capital of American clock and watch manufacturing. Today, it's better known as the home of ESPN. Manross clocks are commonplace today, attractive and avidly collected. I imagine this mark (stamped once on the obverse and twice on the reverse, one atop the other) was probably used on the brass works of his clocks. The cent is glossy chocolate brown and pleasing with just a little bit of verdigris within ON of the second CONN on the reverse. 

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9503

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