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May 28

Strange Counterstamp

A Strange Little Counterstamp Indeed…

One of the smaller counterstamps I have handled (the host coin is a Half Cent to give you some sense of scale)

The Strange father and son duo owned brass foundries in Bangor, Maine as well as Taunton, Massachusetts. For a good part of the nineteenth century they produced everything from candlestick holders and irons to brass railway baggage tags.

The stamping would vary in size, depending on the item being marked. This one shown is special because it is the tiniest version of the mark and also the smallest denomination for the Strange counterstamp with no other Half Cents reported.

 

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