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(ca. 1861) USE MILLER'S HAIR INVIGORATOR on 1778 Mexico one real. Brunk M-694. Mark Very Fine, coin Good.

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(ca. 1861) USE MILLER'S HAIR INVIGORATOR on 1778 Mexico one real. Brunk M-694. Mark Very Fine, coin Good.

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(ca. 1861) USE MILLER'S HAIR INVIGORATOR on 1778 Mexico one real. Brunk M-694. Mark Very Fine, coin Good. Nice medium silver gray with a good bold date on the host coin. MILLER'S / HAIR / INVIGORATOR are seen punched with individual stamps; there's no room for USE or the usual N.Y. A very rare undertype for this well-known mark. Since a bottle of Miller's concoction, "an effective, safe, and economical compound," was 25 cents, most known examples of this mark are on two reales. Miller seems to have consciously chosen obsolete Spanish-American coins, perhaps because their scarcity in circulation meant they stuck out, or perhaps because bullion dealers sold them at a discount when they were this worn. He also issued Civil War tokens. Miller's product was said to treat gray hair, baldness, dandruff, and pretty much anything else that could go wrong above the scalp. Something tells me Miller's target demographic looks like the crowd at a lot of coin shows. This is a neat countermark, and the undertype is a "one bit" that was provably in New York around the time of the Civil War.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10014011

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(ca. 1861) USE MILLER'S HAIR INVIGORATOR on 1778 Mexico one real. Brunk M-694. Mark Very Fine, coin Good. Nice medium silver gray with a good bold date on the host coin. MILLER'S / HAIR / INVIGORATOR are seen punched with individual stamps; there's no room for USE or the usual N.Y. A very rare undertype for this well-known mark. Since a bottle of Miller's concoction, "an effective, safe, and economical compound," was 25 cents, most known examples of this mark are on two reales. Miller seems to have consciously chosen obsolete Spanish-American coins, perhaps because their scarcity in circulation meant they stuck out, or perhaps because bullion dealers sold them at a discount when they were this worn. He also issued Civil War tokens. Miller's product was said to treat gray hair, baldness, dandruff, and pretty much anything else that could go wrong above the scalp. Something tells me Miller's target demographic looks like the crowd at a lot of coin shows. This is a neat countermark, and the undertype is a "one bit" that was provably in New York around the time of the Civil War.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 10014011

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