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 Posted 06/03/2018  11:01 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Mountaindeer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi. I found this nickel around 2009. Its a 1941 with an anchor and US put on both sides. The obverse side has the anchor but the bottom half of the letters didn't come thru. I'll keep it regardless because it's one of my favorites but is it worth anything or related to the navy? Thanks




Added obverse sorry for bad pics on mobile.
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 Posted 06/03/2018  11:26 pm  Show Profile   Check Crazyb0's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a counterstamp, in the rough shape of the US Navy Emblem. No telling what it really represents and who may have done it, WW2 serviceman perhaps?

There are those who do collect counterstamped coins, especially if themed as WW2, Military and USN. Maybe you could start a counterstamp collection?

BTW, to the forum!


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 Posted 06/03/2018  11:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mountaindeer to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the welcome and info. I would like to imagine it was made by a sailor before shipping out to ww2 but like you said its hard to know when and why someone made it. I like the way it looks and the date. I'd really like to get a hobo Buffalo nickel like some of the ones I've seen on this forum.
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 Posted 06/04/2018  09:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Nice find. That's a counterstamp I've never seen, but there are tens of thousands of different ones known.

Good luck with the Buffalo. They are also an amazing historical association piece that you can own for a modest price.
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 Posted 06/04/2018  12:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thisistheshow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've never seen that one either but I like it. I can see why it's a favorite of yours. Very nice!
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 Posted 06/04/2018  1:11 pm  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bear with me here. That stamp looked familiar at first but I couldn’t place it. I was in the Marine Corps stationed at a Naval Air Station. Mind you this was more recent than your coin, 1989-1990ish. One day I was with either a civilian or active duty guy that took care of maintenance around the base. He had to replace a padlock that someone had messed with. We stopped at his shop, he grabs a lock, sets it on his workbench and WHAM. Hits it with a 2 lb sledge and a stamp. From my memory the stamp looked very similar to yours, just a little bigger maybe. After he scared the crap out of me by stamping while I wasn’t looking I remember him saying something to the effect of,”If you think that was loud you should hear when I stamp the…” I don’t remember.



So I think stamps like this were used to stamp items that the Navy wanted to identify as theirs. Be it a lock or piece of equipment. Thought I’d share my story. Hope it gave some insight.

Edit: By the way. Welcome to the Forum! You’ve come to a great place to share and learn.
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 Posted 06/04/2018  7:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the CCF indeed.

You have received some great input already - your coin is indeed an unusual counter stamp example
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 Posted 06/05/2018  12:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Searching "US anchor stamp" shows some very close matches, and one related to something about binoculars http://www.company7.com/library/sard_7x50_mk.html had this tidbit:

"Above at Left: U.S. Navy Quartermaster property acceptance stamp of this era, this on the packing carton of our SARD 7x50 Mark XLIV Mod. 0 binocular "



It's interesting to me how care was taken to stamp the circle on your coin right in the center of the obverse and in the center of Montecello's dome on the reverse. Given what @chafemasterj says, you'd have to presume this was a Quartermaster's stamp used on a nickel during the WWII era. Very cool.
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 Posted 06/05/2018  12:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very cool find indeed! to CCF!
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Soooo Weird, I just registered today to show you this....


SO I wonder what the other markings mean? The "F" in the shield & the numbers?
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Some collect those but I just consider them all a damaged coins.
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SO I wonder what the other markings mean? The "F" in the shield & the numbers?


The "F" in the shield is the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company logo.
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 Posted 07/05/2018  9:58 pm  Show Profile   Check Errors and Varietys's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Errors and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice counterstamp! It also carries very important history behind it as well. I would keep it.
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