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 Posted 07/17/2019  6:53 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Jakecg11 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi my name is Jake and this is my first time posting. Apologies in advance for any ignorance on my end.

For the past week I have been trying to organize and sort through my Dad's coin collection for me and my brother (our Dad passed away a few years back). I have been having an ok time finding stuff online and educating myself about coins, but I can't find anything on this particular coin. I was going through a stack of my Dad's Liberty Half Dollars and found this one with an "E', "H', and possibly another letter near her chest. I can't find anything that looks like this online. Is this some kind of error, or someone in the last 70 years stamped the coin themselves with letters. I'm assuming its the latter because of the font type and size being so different, but I am a novice to the Coin World so I thought I would ask the experts. It has been fun going through all of these coins. I can see why my dad thought it was cool.

Thanks in advance for the help!


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 Posted 07/17/2019  7:04 pm  Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Seems like you've already figured it out..but we can confirm.
It is a counterstamp done by somebody outside the mint.
Some people actually collect these especially if they can attributed to a known source.
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 Posted 07/17/2019  7:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That pretty much sums it up.



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 Posted 07/17/2019  7:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Joe2007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some random person bored and with a letter punch handy. Not uncommon.
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 Posted 07/17/2019  7:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Jake, first welcome to CCF. Second, it looks to me like there may also be a second partial letter on her head (see below for my attempt to enlarge and enhance this area). While these sorts of maverick counterstamps are almost never attributable, I recommend that you cross post this coin to this CCF thread:

http://goccf.com/t/126486

There are a couple people who hang out there (@exoguy in particular) who may have an idea for you. Don't get your hopes up too much though. This is his probability scale for attribution:


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0 = Maverick that will likely never be attributed (e.g. - numerals, simple initials)
1 = Possible - Three or more possible issuers (e.g. - found in directories and elsewhere)
2 = Potential - Two strong potential issuers
3 = Probable - One likely issuer (e.g. - lacking a match on a product or "clue" on another host coin)
4 = Positive - A conclusive attribution that's totally provable





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 Posted 07/17/2019  7:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jakecg11 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the help everyone! I didn't even know the term counterstamp, so at minimum I am happy to learn that. I was trying to think of any relatives that might have done it, but E and H doesn't match anyone I know. So most likely a random maverick counterstamper. There is so much to learn about the world of coin collecting. It is overwhelming. Also, at the bottom of the one box of coins was an old cigar box filled with stamps, so that is my next rabbit hole :)


My family pretty much only collects Marvel and DC non-sports trading cards and comic book themed art, so this is all new to me.



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 Posted 07/17/2019  8:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is very simple to get metal punches and stamp coins. I have a set myself...

However, I did not do this!

I have confined my "experiments" to worn or ultra common foreign (not US or Canada) so far.
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