19th c Help reading date on Seth Thomas mantle/“kitchen” clock.

Alphonsus7

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DF1DA855-3348-4968-B3F6-17473B6A5FC8.jpeg DF1DA855-3348-4968-B3F6-17473B6A5FC8.jpeg On the back of a Seth Thomas clock. I know it indicates date of manufacture, but I've forgotten how to read it. Little Help?
 

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It shows 9981 and a letter I can’t make out clearly. 9981 is 1899 written backwards. The letter would stand for the month of the year.
 

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