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BM03279

Scottish countermark Dollar Rothesay Mills

Scotland, Merchant countermark upon Spanish Eight Reales of Ferdinand VII, 1819 IJ, Mexico City Mint, Mexico, Rothsay Cotton Works, Isle of Bute, 1820, Four Shillings and Sixpence, "4/6" value with date with stop curving below at centre, robed circles and legend surrounding, ROTHSAY COTTON WORKS., rev. small punch privy security mark below reverse shield, weight 28.42g (Manville 92 this coin listed; Brunk 53815). Toned with a couple of flan flaws on host coin, almost very fine, the countermark good very fine, rare, Manville only records four pieces of the 1819 host coin date.

James Kenyon built the Rothsay Cotton Works on the Isle of Bute in 1779, though by the time of their issue, these countermarked pieces were uttered by new owners William Kelly and Robert Thom. Approximately forty examples of the Rothsay countermark are thought to exist.

Provenance:

Ex Virgil M Brand Collection, Chicago, dispersed post mortem 1932.

Ex Mrs E. M. H. Norweb, part IV, Spink Coin Auction 59, 17th June 1987, lot 1628.

Ex Dix Noonan and Webb, Auction 88, 29th September 2010, lot 1930.

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