Watermark countermark on paper

204 Mozambique and Angola. Crown (Angola) and PM (Mozambique) countermarks on a 1852-A 5 Francs of Louis-Napoleon. Exceedingly rare. THIS IS THE DAVENPORT PLATE COIN (page 191). Dav-484. Coin VG, c/m VF. Many counterstamps and countermarks are considered by some as spurious issues thus this is sold ‚"as is". However this particular coin carries with it such an impressive pedigree that it should receive a great deal of interest. Mozambique and Angola were two Portuguese African colonies located fairly close to each other in southern Africa. $750+?

If you are having trouble determining whether or not your print is "hand-colored," please realize that the term refers to hand-painted watercolor. Under magnification, the color LOOKS like watercolor paint.  Buy yourself a cheap 10x loupe (costs about $10 or less) from a photo supply store and examine your print with the loupe right on top of it.  It is generally not helpful to use a loupe on a framed print because you cannot get close enough to the print to bring the image into focus.  Most of us know from first hand experience what watercolor looks like.  USE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE.  Hand colored prints will have spots where the paint goes over or under the black ink lines, places where the colors smudge or overlap, etc.  Printed color often -- BUT NOT ALWAYS -- shows a dot or some other type of regular pattern. If it doesn't have dots, but it doesn't look like watercolor, it is probably a different type of PRINTED COLOR.

Havell countermarks (hereafter "watermarks") are parallel to one of the longer edges. They read either
or
where 18xx is the year the paper was made (1825 to 1838). The Turkey Mill watermark is located at the edge of the sheet, while the Whatman watermark is more towards the middle. Because it is on the far edge of the paper, the Turkey Mill watermark is more likely to be trimmed. On occasion the mark is found slightly trimmed (for example, the bottom of the year missing) even when the sheet is what is considered to be full width.

*080 Gold Coast, British Outpost. Token Coinage. 1796 (struck 1801) 1 Ackey Pattern in bronzed copper. Cr-4a, KM-Pn7v, Vice -2b. Although dated 1796, this was struck in 1801 as can be evidenced by the correct spelling of the word Parliament . Reddish-brown proof with small flan flaws at about 7 o'clock on the monogram side as noted by David Vice. An extremely rare coin, only 200 pieces struck. This looks (at least to us) nicer than the Baldwin specimen sold in 2013 that brought more than $1400. I believe this is ex Bill Barrett inventory. $1000+

Watermark countermark on paper

watermark countermark on paper

*080 Gold Coast, British Outpost. Token Coinage. 1796 (struck 1801) 1 Ackey Pattern in bronzed copper. Cr-4a, KM-Pn7v, Vice -2b. Although dated 1796, this was struck in 1801 as can be evidenced by the correct spelling of the word Parliament . Reddish-brown proof with small flan flaws at about 7 o'clock on the monogram side as noted by David Vice. An extremely rare coin, only 200 pieces struck. This looks (at least to us) nicer than the Baldwin specimen sold in 2013 that brought more than $1400. I believe this is ex Bill Barrett inventory. $1000+

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