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Commems Collection: 1925 Stone Mountain Revisited #2

 
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 Posted 02/04/2013  7:19 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In recognition of the Baltimore Ravens win last night in the Super Bowl, I thought I'd present a bit of "Commemorabilia" that I picked up at one of the Whitman Baltimore Expos last year.

Shown below is a small granite chip that came from Stone Mountain itself. More specifically, from stone removed during the carving of General Robert E. Lee's likeness on the mountain (at least allegedly!). As you'll note from the text printed on one of the side panels of the box, chips of granite such as this were given to those contributing $0.25 or more to the Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association to support the carving of the memorial. A rather nice gift for such a potentially small donation!

The box measures 2-1/4" in length, 1-1/2" in width and 3/4-inch in height. The granite chip in my box is approximately 9/10-inch in length, 8/10-inch in width and 3/10-inch in height. To keep the chip from rattling around inside the box, it was/is wrapped in tissue paper.

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On the front side of the box is an artist's rendering of the proposed memorial. The poor quality of the box's photograph doesn't allow me to show a clear enlargement, but hopefully you can see (through the pixelation) that the depiction shows the larger scale of the original proposal vs. what was ultimately carved. The text featured on the box also proved to be optimistic!

It was certainly a creative way to "dispose" of some of the stone removed from the face of Stone Mountain during its carving and was just one of the many methods used by the Association to raise money for the memorial's creation.

From my experience, it is a fairly scarce item from the classic commemorative period. One auction company claims that there are only 50 or so still surviving with their original boxes. I can't say with any certainty how accurate this estimate is, but I can say that I've rarely encountered examples as I've wandered the bourse floor of the many coin shows I've attended over the years.

I've also included my ungraded Stone Mountain half-dollar that I keep in a Capital Plastics holder that features a brief backgrounder on the coin. The coin is the first commemorative I purchased on my journey to my present collection - it grades a Choice AU.

Enjoy!

Stone Mountain Granite Chip Box - Front + Side Panel




Enlarged View of Memorial as Shown on Front of Box




Stone Mountain Granite Chip Box - Back + Side Panel




Stone Mountain Granite Chip




1925 Stone Mountain Commemorative Half-Dollar - Obverse




1925 Stone Mountain Commemorative Half-Dollar - Reverse




My original post on the Stone Mountain half-dollar can be found here: http://goccf.com/t/119791


Collecting history one coin or medal at a time! (c) commems. All rights reserved.
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It was certainly a creative way to "dispose" of some of the stone removed


Kind of like Shawshank Redemption. .

This additional information on the coins is really impressive. I am going to a coin show in April and will add this of the list of accessories for my commemoratives. I have made notes from many of your other posts of things I need to watch for and this has been added to it.
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Shown below is a small granite chip that came from Stone Mountain itself. More specifically, from stone removed during the carving of General Robert E. Lee's likeness on the mountain (at least allegedly!)


That stone chip is more likely to be real than the piece of the Berlin Wall I bought in New York City in 1990. And if the original owner got it for 25 cents, then it was a lot cheaper than my piece of the wall.
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So, Stone Mountain was your first commemorative half dollar! Thank you for sharing that.
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I always enjoy "...the rest of the story" articles!
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Way behind on all CCF news with too much work and a sick Dad ... apologize as needed for the delayed reply.

This is a tremendous thread commems ... I now have another item to find at my local bousre.

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