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18 Feb 2017

1925 stone mountain counterstamp...my first post!

Exonumia | Funkdaddy

Hello everyone 
Here is a coin that I inherited from my grandpa 
I thought I would share it with you fine folks and state that researching this particular genre has become a complete obsession for me. 

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user_7492

Level 2

I know this blog is somewhat old, but this is a counterstamp that does not show up elsewhere and interesting. I am curious about other collectors of the SMH. Are there some out here on the ANA site?

user_9244

Level 2

I have heard that a counter stamp list was once published in The Numismatist. Do you know anything about that?

user_7180

Level 5

A wonderful piece to own. Glad to hear you are keeping your families history of collecting moving forward.

Funkdaddy

Level 2

I finally went ahead and made an appointment for the Rose library at Emory University in Atlanta to further my research on the counterstamped stone mountains. I have ordered some primary materials and reserved a couple of hours in the special collections reading room there. Hopefully I can answer some questions that I have as to the who, what, when and where in the stamping processes. I could not find this information in the myriad articles I have read by Wilde, Breen, Swiatek, Freeman et. al. This will be my first foray into examing primary sources.

Ii believe Stone Mountain halves were the only commems that were ever counterstamped. They go for a premium.

Funkdaddy

Level 2

Thank you for your comment! It's my understanding that the first 1000 of the coins struck were set aside and sent to the confederate monumental association to be counterstamped. Each of those struck came with a certificate. There are about four general groups of stamps present. Of the stamped coins, I have researched and found roughly 250. I continue to look for more. As I stated in the op, this has become an obsession.

Longstrider

Level 6

Welcome Funkdaddy. Glad you could join us. I think you will enjoy this site. Very nice coin. I enjoyed reading you response to about the stamping. Good job. Thanks to your Grandpa for causing you to come here. Grandpa's brought a great deal of us...

Funkdaddy

Level 2

Thank you for your kind words longstrider! I inherited a small collection when my grandfather passed in 1974. I have only recently revisited with the collection and I hope to find out and share a bit about each of the coins

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

thanks for sharing

Funkdaddy

Level 2

You are welcome Conan Thanks for reading and commenting

Kepi

Level 6

Very interesting coin and so nice that you got it from your Grandpa. : ) I also inherited my Grandpa's coin collection. Very special indeed.

Funkdaddy

Level 2

Thank you Kepi The collection acts as a frequent reminder of him and his tenacity as a collector. As one of 11 grandchildren I feel fortunate to have gotten such nice specimens!

Cool

Funkdaddy

Level 2

Thanks, man This place is very cool!

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Nice first blog. Welcome and participate as much as you can. This is a great place to learn.

Funkdaddy

Level 2

Thank you, and I look forward to spending more time here. This has been very welcoming

Funkdaddy

Level 2

*silver laveille, student, not silver labelled. Darned autocorrect!

I like the Stone Mountain commemorative. My Dad has at least one. Yours has something interesting. I'm wondering if you know anything about the FLA [Florida ?], S.L. [St. Louis ?] and 48 counterstamps?

Funkdaddy

Level 2

Yes, and thank you for your comment! The fla does, indeed represent Florida The 48 is the number assigned this coin. I read an article in 'the numismatist' that hypothesizes that the SL stands for silver labelled, which represents the second place winner for my county in the great harvest campaign. It's basically the second prize given for selling these coins to raise money for the carving of the stone mountain monument. Good luck to you, and happy hunting!

"SUN"

Level 6

Nice addition to your collection.

Funkdaddy

Level 2

Thank you I have a limited collection now, which I am hoping to expand...slowly

Mike

Level 7

I like my Stone Mountain coin. I like the design and the part of history it represents. There is a lot of history to that coin you should look it up you will enjoy it as much as you do that beautiful coin.

Funkdaddy

Level 2

Thank you Mike I concur I have researched the history extensively but there is still much to learn!

CoinLady

Level 6

Interesting coin. I once saw an exhibit of counterstamped Stone Mountain halves; in fact, I think it won an award.

Funkdaddy

Level 2

That must have been grand, coin lady! I've seen literally hundreds of these counterstamped, albeit only in pictures via the interweb. I'd love to see more in person. I would die to see Adna Wilde's collection. He personally owned close to 70 of them, from what I can ascertain I admit that I am slightly envious of you...

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