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Engraved & Counterstamped Dental Tokens

Engraved coins, together with the counterstamped coins described below, make up the broader group termed countermarked coins.  They are separated here because two different methods were used to produce them.  The engraved dental pieces are the earliest dental tokens excluding 17th century barber-surgeon tokens.

Counterstamped coins are turned into advertising tokens by use of a metal punch usually with raised letters, which is then struck to stamp the coin.  Occasionally the punch has incised lettering producing a counterstamp in relief.  Most counterstamps are produced from a punch with all the letters on the same stamp, while some are punched out with individual letters.

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SPENCE / OPERATOR / OF TEETH / GRAYS INN / LANE engraved in five lines of script, circa 1722.

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Little is known about Dr. [J.S.?] Kimball

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Charles A.P. Garnsey is listed in the dental directories from 1884-1917 in Evanston, IL.

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Engraved tokens for BLUNT / OPERATOR FOR THE / TEETH AND BLEEDER exist with dates from 1721-1775

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Dr. Ambrose Lawrence (1816-1893) in 1867 was elected president of the American Dental Association.

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To circumvent the law against defacing British coins makers chose the centime coins of France

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