Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Heavymetal, May 16, 2019.
Some hate em,some love em. Thoughts folks?
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I’ve got a book on chop marked coins. I’ll get you an answer in 24 hours if someone doesn’t beat me to it.
No rush on an answer. Belongs to a relative and not for sale at this time. I will get a chance for it in the future
Yes, they were merchant marks noting that the coin met weight and fineness standards, and was ok to accept. If someone didn't recognize the chops on it, they would test it themselves and add their mark.
If you recognized someone's chop, you didn't need to spend the time and effort to verify acceptability.
I think a chop type set might be fun to try to put together.
Is your coin graded?
The marks were often cities or ports where the coins came in and were assayed and approved. I gave only a quick browse in my book. Quite fascinating and a recommendation for anyone interested in learning about chop marks.
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