Dave Hirt submitted these thoughts on last week's issue and in particular, Joel Orosz' article on the Dr. L. Roper countermark.
Joel provided the below illustrations of the countermarked coin.
Dave Hirt is aware of at least one more coin that might be traceable to Roper's collection. Can anyone help?
What a great issue! The Newman coins from Col. Green, More items from the JJ Ford estate coming to the market, More comments on the Moulton book. More on JV McDermott, Etc., and tracing a coin to the Dr Roper collection.
That one has always been of interest to me as I own a copy of the Roper catalog. I can't wait to return home to read the whole Numismatist
article. However I would have thought it might have been a different coin than the one mentioned.
Some years after the sale the American Journal of Numismatics had an article on the Roper Sale. (Now I am only writing from memory since I am not at home). The AJN stated "a 1793 cent was sold for 10 cents, it may have been poor."
The next issue printed a letter from the buyer, Ammi Brown who said it was a 1793 link cent in the condition as it left the die. He said that he gave an opening bid of 10 cents, and it was knocked down to him. This should really narrow the search for that one, as how many link (Chain) cents are known in that condition, and at least the first buyer is known. Happy searching!
Interesting tidbit! So perhaps another Roper-traceable coin is still out there somewhere. Can anyone help? Is there a top condition Chain Cent with a pedigree reaching back to Ammi Brown?
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
THE “DR L. ROPER.” COUNTERMARK ENIGMA
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