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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 13, March 29, 1999, Article 3

MORE ON THE CURIOUS COIN OF 1652  

    Last week we reprinted a May, 1865  article from The 
    Historical Magazine titled "Curious Coin of 1652". 
    Ken Bressett, editor of the "Redbook" (A Guide Book 
    of United States Coins) responded:  

    "I hesitate to respond to the inquiry about the curious 1652 
    coin because I assume that everyone knows what it is --- 
    or perhaps everyone except Mr. Paine. The piece most 
    likely was pulled from auction because it is so common.  

    Just in case anyone failed to recognize the 'curious coin', it 
    is a copper '8 Maravedis' of Spain. It has been 
    countermarked to revalidate and extend its life in circulation. 
    Hundreds of such coins were so marked with dates from 
    1636 to 1665. Many have multiple stamps. They are 
    popularly known as the tattooed coins of Spain. Most are 
    valued at under $5 today." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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