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Lot 30382

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30382
Date (1783-1795)
/Catalog #
Grade 40
Service NGC
Denomination Guinea
Description (1783-1795) Guinea Regulated Gold: John Burger Counterstamp on a Great Britain Guinea XF40 NGC. 125.0 grains. Script JB monogram. The gold and silversmith, John Burger, advertised that "He gives ready Money for old Gold and Silver." His business was located at No. 11, Hanover Street, according to his June 1, 1784 advertisement in the New York Morning Post. John Burger's JB counterstamp appears in a round cartouche over King George III's eye, a standard location for these marks. The weight of this piece is only one grain below the 1784 New York standard of 5 dwt., 6 grains for a British guinea. Like Ephraim Brasher, John Burger assayed and countermarked the gold coins that passed through his hands, lending credence to their further circulation. The legends of this light yellow-gold guinea are tight against the edge on both sides. The surfaces show minuscule marks consistent with the grade. A pleasing and important piece of American colonial history. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $32,900.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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