USA countermarked large cent 1803


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, countermarked coin, 1803, Obverse: 1 cent, small date, blunt 1, Reverse: large fraction, countermarked: S.F.B., bronze, edge damage, aG

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For a long time these private countermarks were considered “damage.” Then we started collecting them. They are rarer than undamaged coins. Of course, I have nothing to say about the actual damage to the edge.

A token is used like a coin but is not a coin. Rather, it stands for a coin without the value of the coin. Maybe its copper, but says its value is the same as a silver coin. Usually tokens were made privately, but sometimes governments got involved.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.