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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

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

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

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

Priced at: $1,300.00

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1783 Nova Constellatio Pointed Rays, Small US PCGS MS64BN (CAC)

1783 Nova Constellatio Pointed Rays, Small US PCGS MS64BN (CAC)

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

Priced at: $28,500.00

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1787 Massachusetts Half Cent PCGS MS66BN (CAC)

1787 Massachusetts Half Cent PCGS MS66BN (CAC)

All Colonial and pre-Federal copper coinage issued within the boundaries of what would become the United States is rather scarce in high grade, with good luster and superb planchet surfaces. This Massachusetts half cent has beautiful, smooth copper surfaces largely devoid of roughness. Additionally, the red-brown patina boasts of ample traces of red surrounding many of the design elements; just the way a mellowed red copper coin should look after more than two centuries.

 

The Massachusetts cent and half cent were authorized by an Act passed by the Massachusetts General Court on October 17, 1786 and the coinage was struck with dates of 1787 and 1788 before the mint was abandoned in 1789 following the ratification of the Constitution. These copper pieces were the first coins to feature the word “cents” on them and this appears boldly in exergue within the top of the shield across the eagle’s breast on the reverse. This is truly a superb piece of Americana.

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PCGS Population: 4 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $27,500.00

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1859 G$1 PCGS MS68

1859 G$1 PCGS MS68

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

Priced at: $33,500.00

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1860 Clark Gruber Quarter Eagle PCGS MS63 (CAC)

1860 Clark Gruber Quarter Eagle PCGS MS63 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 7 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: 1/0

Priced at: $47,500.00

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1864 Feuchtwanger Eagle Three Cent PCGS MS64 (CAC) Eliasberg

1864 Feuchtwanger Eagle Three Cent PCGS MS64 (CAC) Eliasberg

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PCGS Population: 4 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at: $15,000.00

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1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66+DCAM (CAC)

1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66+DCAM (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 2 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 3/0

Priced at: $157,500.00

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1893 Medal IL World’s Columbian Expo E-107 Bronze NGC MS66

1893 Medal IL World’s Columbian Expo E-107 Bronze NGC MS66

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NGC Cert #2248793-001

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

Priced at: $750.00

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1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece

In early 1938 the Commission of Fine Arts announced an open competition to design a new nickel with the likeness of Thomas Jefferson. There were 390 artists who answered the call and submitted designs, some of them well known, some of them relatively unknown. I am sure that it didn’t hurt that in the midst of the Great Depression that there was a $1,000 prize for the winning design.

Amongst the aforementioned 390 artists, it was Felix Schlag’s design that was accepted. As is common practice then, and now, artists found way to further capitalize on their new found fame. With that in mind, Mr. Schlag acquired 150 Proof versions of new nickel from the mint and had them framed so as to sell them to the public.

In frames measuring approximately 9×11, Mr. Schlag signed the mat-board and had them notarized on September 20th, 1939, nearly one year after issue. The inside reads as follows:

“FIRST PRIZE WINNER AMONG 390 COMPETING ARTISTS IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR A NEW FIVE CENT COIN, APRIL 20,1938 (SIGNED) ‘FELIX SCHLAG’ SCULPTOR”

PROOF JEFFERSON NICKEL 1938

UPON REQUEST FELIX SCHLAG-DESIGNER OF THIS COIN HAS CONSENTED TO SIGN 150 PROOF JEFFERSON NICKELS-OF WHICH THE COIN ABOVE IS NUMBER __-SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS 29TH DAY OF SETPEMB. A.D. 1939

Signed illegibly,

NOTARY PUBLIC

At Numismatic Americana Incorporated we have bought and sold many of the available 150 pieces over the years, including the number 1 specimen. These are great items for the collector of American history, Jefferson nickels, or just someone looking for a nice piece to hang in their den. We are proud to offer the following pieces for your consideration.

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #145

1938 Jefferson Nickel, Presentation Piece #145

Number 145. In a modern frame (done by us), as close as possible to the original. Insides are very fresh, and this would look great on any Numismatist’s wall.

Priced at: $1,750.00

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1938 NY Sterling Westchester Coin Club Medal New Rochelle NGC MS65 with Original Box

1938 NY Sterling Westchester Coin Club Medal New Rochelle NGC MS65 with Original Box

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

Priced at: $1,500.00

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A Pair of Lorillard (Lorrilard) Wise Plaster Models Submitted for the New Rochelle Commemorative Half Dollar

A Pair of Lorillard (Lorrilard) Wise Plaster Models Submitted for the New Rochelle Commemorative Half Dollar

Lorillard (or Lorrilard, as per Don Taxay) Wise was the first artist contacted about producing models for the proposed New Rochelle commemorative half dollar design. Interestingly, the designs and plasters were originally approved only to be highly modified and later rejected entirely with the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) moving to another artist (Gertrude Lathrop; designer of the previously issued Albany commemorative).

A July 20, 1936 letter from Charles Moore to acting Mint Director Mary O’Reilly requested that certain aspects of the submitted design be reworked and, after this was done, a follow up letter of August 17, 1936 to acting Mint Director O’Reilly stated that the models should be approved with some additional modifications. At that time the conditionally approved design featured a Native American crouched along the shore with ship in background on obverse paired with the New Rochelle coat of arms on reverse, which would match the pair of plasters offered presently. Photographs of these plasters are also included in Taxay’s “An Illustrated History of US Commemorative Coinage” on page 197. Instead of smoothly transitioning to coinage production, additional critiques of the designs were ongoing and a complete reworking of the Native American obverse was later submitted as a sketch including merely the shoreline of New Rochelle. At this point the CFA was split as to approving the designs and plans were put into place to remove Lorillard Wise from involvement and to instead go with Gertrude Lathrop for coinage design and production.

The initially approved designs by Wise, included here, offer a very different view of what might have been for the New Rochelle commemorative half dollar. The positioning of the Native American, in an apparent crouch, seems somewhat odd today and this was also the case in the critiques of 1936 as well as in 1967 when Taxay wrote “The obverse featured an Indian who anatomy can only be described as unfortunate.” There are two positions that the word LIBERTY appears on these first-draft models; one obverse has the inscription on the sun and another has it in the vegetation directly behind the Native American. The plaster included here has the inscription on the sun.

The two plasters included are quite clean with a crisp white appearance and essentially smooth, unmarked reverses. They are approximately nine inches across and one inch deep and neither is a perfect circle, but instead each shows irregular borders immediately surrounding the raised borders that encircle the proposed design.

 

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) B.A. Fahnestock’s Plate

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) B.A. Fahnestock’s Plate

B.A. Fahnestock is known for one of the era’s pervasive cure-alls known as “B. A. Fahnestock’s Celebrated Vermifuge.” The bottom of the vignette states that it was designed and engraved by Rowdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, which by 1858 had merged with seven other companies to form the American Bank Note Company. The top of the vignette states that it was produced in 1849. This may have been made as part of a label for any number of products and the portrait in upper center is likely that of Fahnestock. The steel plate is approximately 8 x 6-1/4 inches with many roughed out markings on the reverse. It includes the original paper envelope with V42141 written in bold, red ink as well as other markings in pencil and red ink. An image of the plate as it might produce an image (not included in this sale) is shown at bottom.

 

Priced at: $460.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company Stock Certificate

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company Stock Certificate

The Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company was chartered in 1859 and grew steadily to over 12,000 miles of track within seven states in the 1970s. Following the sale of the railway to its employees in 1972 the term “Employee Owned” was added to its literature and logo. Union Pacific Railroad purchased the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company in 1995. This enormous steel plate measures approximately 11 x 6-1/2 inches, is a medium grey color and has several small indents (reminiscent of a ball peen hammer) in each corner. The reverse has many hatch marks and S58905 impressed in one corner. The plate is for common capital stock valued at $100 each. An image of the plate as it might produce an image (not included in this sale) is shown at bottom.

 

Priced at: $345.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Joseph Schlitz (1831-1875) Portrait Vignette

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) Joseph Schlitz (1831-1875) Portrait Vignette

Joseph Schlitz, a German-American immigrant born in Germany, married the widow of the founder of the Krug Brewery and renamed it the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. He expanded the company’s profile and was lost at sea in 1875. This plate is approximately 3-1/2 x 3 inches and made of steel that is an even, light grey color. The reverse of the plate is essentially devoid of markings. Also included is the original paper envelope with V46 written in bold, red ink. The remainder of the identification number has been torn off the envelope. Written beneath this in black, cursive ink is Jos. Schlitz and No. 472. Included is a proof impression on white stock paper with copious pencil notes as well as a proof room index card from ABNCo that show Rice as the engraver and that the plate was approved in December, 1876 to be used for checks.

 

Priced at: $290.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) New England Bank Note Co. Title

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) New England Bank Note Co. Title

The New England Bank Note Company was formed in 1833 and joined forces with Rowdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson in 1847, having offices in New York, Boston, Cincinnati, New Orleans and Montreal before the combined firm merged with seven other like-minded firms in 1858 to form the American Bank Note Company. This particular plate is copper and approximately 7-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches with beveled edges and deeper edge color showing brighter central orange color. The reverse shows some tooling marks. Included is the original paper wrapper with an affixed paper imprint of the plate and 383 written in bold black or brown ink.

 

Priced at: $575.00

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American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) ONE Plate

American Bank Note Company (ABNCo) ONE Plate

An unusual plate with the word ONE repeated 648-times in 24-columns of 27-repeats each. The copper plate is approximately 9-1/4 x 4 inches with violet and orange highlights throughout. The reverse is deeper in color with some grooves, but otherwise unmarked. The original paper envelope is included with a green impression affixed and the number 380 written boldly in black or brown ink.

 

Priced at: $325.00

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