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Stone Mountain Counterstamped Half Dollars

Stone Mountain Counterstamped Half Dollars

In early 1925 the Stone Mountain Monumental Association was looking for different ways to market and help sell their newly issued commemorative. With the profits derived from the sale of a proposed 2,000,000+ coins at $1 each, the Association hoped to defray the cost of carving the massive granite sculpture in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Along with enlisting the help of banks, insurance companies, and others, the group came up with the idea of “special” counterstamped pieces. There are basically three types of counterstamps, and they are as follows:

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The John Adams Bolen Medals & Stuck Copies

John Adams Bolen was a die sinker, a jewelry repair man, a sewing machine salesman, a subscription book salesman an engraver and a shop owner, among other things. He is best known to modern numismatists, however, for his prolific, eighteenth century production of medals and store cards. Bolen began his career in the 1840s in the New York-New Jersey area making jewelry and cutting likenesses for James Rumrill of Peckham and Rumrill. He later followed Rumrill to Springfield, MA in the early 1850s and remained there for the rest of his life.

Sometime between late 1860 and early 1861, Bolen was approached about producing a medal for the Pioneer Baseball Club of Springfield, MA. This would be Bolen’s first medal and would later be known as JAB-1. Following the Civil War, Bolen returned to making medals as well as a small number of struck copies of rare US (colonial) issues. From late 1865 through 1869 he would cut 36-dies and issue 23-medals, which began to appear in auctions and were noticed throughout the numismatic community. Following 1869, the issuance of medals stopped until the Masonic Temple Dedication medal of 1874, with only sporadic medals produced thereafter and generally tied to the subject of local Masonic events.

Vexing to Bolen and later numismatists were his 1862-1869 production of struck copies for rare US-related issues including the Bar Cent and Higley Copper pieces, among others, at least some of which had small changes incorporated into the designs perhaps as a signature or copy mark. Bolen was well known in numismatic circles and was a member of numismatic societies and he offered his struck copies as copies instead of as legitimate historical issues. Both Lyman Low and Henry Chapman were outspoken critics of struck copies, electrotypes and other forms of duplication and they referred to Bolen’s work with struck copies as counterfeits. Historically, this label appears to have stuck with Bolen to a degree and it may be debated as to how accurate it truly is.

Collecting Bolen’s works has been an active niche in numismatics at least since the 1860s and at some point after the production of the first medals it was realized by both Bolen and others that a catalogue of issues could be quite useful to the industry.  During his lifetime there were five different lists of medallic work produced with the first of these appearing in 1866 and the fourth in 1882. It would not be until 1905 that the fifth work, which is also the only work that was published under Bolen’s name, would be produced. Importantly, none of the five lists is complete or accurate. It appears that real-time records of medal production were not kept by Bolen and that subsequent issues of lists relied upon Bolen notes or his recollections. Bolen also kept his own reference collection, but again it appears as though this reference collection was started well after medal production was started as it was incomplete. The pieces in this reference collection had a small B struck on the side of the medal along with a notation of the metal and a mintage number, which may very well have been a best-guess number. This reference collection was sold to the ANS in 1948.

A frustrating aspect of Bolen regarding his work is that he sold many of the dies he prepared to strike his medals. A total of 34-dies were sold and many of these were later used by their new owners to strike mules. Not all these dies have been accounted for. To complicate matters further, Bolen himself produced 15-mules. This makes collecting and organizing Bolen’s medals a difficult task, but also allows terrific flexibility into what might or might not be included in any individual collection. The dies were sold in three groups to George B. Mason, John W. Kline and A. Ramsey McCoy. Mason later sold or traded his purchased dies to Dr. Frank Smith Edwards and both parties made various mule combinations and these are known as the Mason/Edwards (M/E) mules. The group of dies sold to Kline that were used to produce mules have been catalogued as the Kline mules (K). Those dies sold to McCoy had their mules marketed by W. Elliot Woodward and are the (W) mules.

The numbering system for Bolen’s medals and struck copies largely follows the listing of medals in Bolen’s 1905 work and lists as, for example, JAB-12. Mules produced by Bolen incorporate an M and would be listed as JAB-M-12. Those mules produced by other parties would contain their designation (M/E, K or W) as well. The definitive reference work on Bolen’s career is The Medallic Work of John Adams Bolen and was written by Neil E. Musante and published in 2002. It is from this definitive work that the great majority of the information in this article was extracted. TB

(1796) Castorland Cu PE Paris Restrike with B. Max Mehl Flip PCGS

(1796) Castorland Cu PE Paris Restrike with B. Max Mehl Flip PCGS

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PCGS Cert #28750711

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $1,250.00

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(1850-1860) General of the American Armies Baker-76B Bronze PCGS MS64BN Norweb

(1850-1860) General of the American Armies Baker-76B Bronze PCGS MS64BN Norweb

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $325.00

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(1850s) New York NY M-NY-402 Professor Johnson NGC MS65

(1850s) New York NY M-NY-402 Professor Johnson NGC MS65

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NGC Cert #454546-004

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $275.00

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(1850s) Philadelphia PA M-PA-476 Sleeper & Fenner NGC MS66

(1850s) Philadelphia PA M-PA-476 Sleeper & Fenner NGC MS66

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NGC Cert #3385766-004

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $450.00

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(1860-1865) Bronzed Copper George Washington J-PR-27 PCGS SP63

(1860-1865) Bronzed Copper George Washington J-PR-27 PCGS SP63

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $350.00

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(1860-1865) Silver George Washington J-PR-27 PCGS SP63

(1860-1865) Silver George Washington J-PR-27 PCGS SP63

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $450.00

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(1862) Bolen Medal-Arsenal Medal without Sun JAB-4 Copper PCGS MS62BN

(1862) Bolen Medal-Arsenal Medal without Sun JAB-4 Copper PCGS MS62BN

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $750.00

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(1862) Medal PR-29 Washington-Jackson Silver PCGS PR62

(1862) Medal PR-29 Washington-Jackson Silver PCGS PR62

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PCGS Cert #25362325

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $235.00

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(1863) B-14 Cu Robinson Fantasy NGC MS64BN

(1863) B-14 Cu Robinson Fantasy NGC MS64BN

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NGC Cert #3192916-001

NGC Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $1,150.00

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(1867) Bolen Medal-Lincoln Emancipation JAB-28 Copper PCGS MS63BN

(1867) Bolen Medal-Lincoln Emancipation JAB-28 Copper PCGS MS63BN

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $650.00

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(1892-93) Columbian World’s Fair Saint Gaudens-Barber Medal Elgit-90 Bronze Awarded to Sociedad Rural Argentina with Original Box PCGS SP65BN

(1892-93) Columbian World’s Fair Saint Gaudens-Barber Medal Elgit-90 Bronze Awarded to Sociedad Rural Argentina with Original Box PCGS SP65BN

There is a veritable cornucopia of material associated with the 1892-1893 Columbian World’s Fair that includes coins, medals, programs, tickets and any manner of badges, magazine articles, photographs and other materials. Of particular note to the numismatist are the medals designed in a joint effort by Augustus Saint Gaudens and Charles Barber. These large, nearly three inch diameter medals are prized by collectors today, but are seldom offered in gem condition or with their original box. This piece is a warm brown with glints of lighter copper highlights and devoid of corrosion, verdigris or other surface insults. The included box has some spotting on both top and bottom and opens up to reveal deep blue velvet interior with circular cut out center piece that was designed to hold the medal. Overall the box is in very good condition.

 

Priced at: $950.00

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(1893) Bolen Medal-Masonic Temple JAB-41 Aluminum PCGS MS62+

(1893) Bolen Medal-Masonic Temple JAB-41 Aluminum PCGS MS62+

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $500.00

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(1912) Thomas Elder-Wilson Said of Bryan DeLorey-67 Aluminum PCGS MS63

(1912) Thomas Elder-Wilson Said of Bryan DeLorey-67 Aluminum PCGS MS63

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $750.00

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(1912) Thomas Elder-Wilson Said of Bryan DeLorey-67 Lead PCGS MS61

(1912) Thomas Elder-Wilson Said of Bryan DeLorey-67 Lead PCGS MS61

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $750.00

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(ND) GM Roller Dies Copper Pollock-4060 PCGS MS64RB

(ND) GM Roller Dies Copper Pollock-4060 PCGS MS64RB

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $875.00

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(ND) Lovett’s Tomb Baker-128A PCGS PR66

(ND) Lovett’s Tomb Baker-128A PCGS PR66

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $1,300.00

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1662 Oak Tree Two Pence PCGS AU58 (CAC)

1662 Oak Tree Two Pence PCGS AU58 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $16,500.00

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1787 Fugio, STATES UNITED, 4 Cinq PCGS MS64BN (CAC)

1787 Fugio, STATES UNITED, 4 Cinq PCGS MS64BN (CAC)

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $7,000.00

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Contact Information

Numismatic Americana Incorporated
P.O. Box 608
Chester, NJ 07930

William Shamhart, Jr.
Phone: 1-908-962-1500
email: Bill@numismaticamericana.com

Notes on Our Next Show

FUN 60th Annual Convention

January 8-11, 2015
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

If you have items to SELL please stop by our table and we will be happy to discuss purchasing them

We will also have many items with us for you to view. If you are looking for anything in particular, or have an interest in anything on our website, please email or give us a call, prior to the show and we will make sure we bring this item for you to view.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.

Show Schedule

FUN 60th Annual Convention
January 8-11, 2015
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL

National Money Show
March 5-7, 2015
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Central States Numismatic Society
April 22-25, 2015
Schaumburg Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL

Colorado Springs Coin Show
June 25-28, 2015
Freedom Financial Services Expo Center
Colorado Springs, CO