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Boston Ambrotypist's Countermark on 1812 Large Cent

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JAMES & CO / 4 SUMMER ST on 1812 S-288 large cent. Brunk J-53 (this coin). Mark Very Fine or better, coin Very Good. The only specimen of this mark known to Brunk (or anyone else apparently), boldly stamped vertically on the obverse portrait of a smooth and attractive chocolate brown Classic Head cent. Aside from a spot on E of UNITED on the reverse and a couple minuscule ticks, the host coin is choice. This mark was that of a Boston ambrotypist active in the 1850s, easily identified from contemporary advertisements, broadsides (like this one in the Library of Congress), trade cards, and even surviving images from the studio. Photographers tend to be an avidly collected subspecialty among merchant counterstamps, but rarely do they have this much of a paper trail. They're also rarely this rare -- it's unusual and telling that neither Brunk nor Steve Tanenbaum knew of another one. This piece was from the Tanenbaum Collection, one of very few counterstamps he owned on Classic Head cents.

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 # 12030

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JAMES & CO / 4 SUMMER ST on 1812 S-288 large cent. Brunk J-53 (this coin). Mark Very Fine or better, coin Very Good. The only specimen of this mark known to Brunk (or anyone else apparently), boldly stamped vertically on the obverse portrait of a smooth and attractive chocolate brown Classic Head cent. Aside from a spot on E of UNITED on the reverse and a couple minuscule ticks, the host coin is choice. This mark was that of a Boston ambrotypist active in the 1850s, easily identified from contemporary advertisements, broadsides (like this one in the Library of Congress), trade cards, and even surviving images from the studio. Photographers tend to be an avidly collected subspecialty among merchant counterstamps, but rarely do they have this much of a paper trail. They're also rarely this rare -- it's unusual and telling that neither Brunk nor Steve Tanenbaum knew of another one. This piece was from the Tanenbaum Collection, one of very few counterstamps he owned on Classic Head cents.

Additional

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 # 12030

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