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Costa Rica, 2 reales, "lion" countermark (Type VI, 1849-57) on a Guatemala 2 reales 1861R, unique(?)

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Costa Rica, 2 reales,  lion  countermark (Type VI, 1849-57) on a Guatemala 2 reales 1861R, unique(?)
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Costa Rica, 2 reales, "lion" countermark (Type VI, 1849-57) on a Guatemala 2 reales 1861R, unique(?), ex-Amon Carter. KM-unl (host 134). 6.00 grams. Choice XF countermark on a VF host, nicely toned all over, unique use of an earlier countermark on a later host. In his November 1981 auction-lot description of this coin, Almanzar simply refers to the countermark as 1889, which should mean a double countermark with CB below lion, whereas the single-sided countermark here is just a lion (Type VI, 1849-57), so we suspect this is either a contemporary counterfeit or an 1889 issue using the incorrect (old) countermark. Pedigreed to Amon G. Carter, Jr. collection and the Almanzar auction of November 1981 (lot #369).