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An 1858 Flying Eagle Cent With A Silversmith Lining .

 
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 Posted 03/03/2021  09:04 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Always on the lookout for a new counterstamp puzzle to solve, I spotted the below coin on eBay last month. The tiny counterstamp suggested to me that C.N. GIBBS was likely a fine craftsman. The period following his name, also referred to as a "stop," suggested a mid 1800's made stamp.




Doing some research, I found that one Joseph Nelson Gibbs was an early 1800's Massachusetts silversmith. As he shared the same middle initial with my C.N. Gibbs, I checked to see if Joseph had a family member with the C.N. initials. Sure enough, he had a son, named Cyrus Nelson Gibbs (1846-1922) who pursued Joseph's career as a jeweler and watchmaker. The counterstamp matched that found on this silversmith website .... http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~silv...s/197611.htm

Unlisted by Brunk or Rulau, the C.N. GIBBS c/s is a discovery piece. Perhaps, others exist. To date, I've seen no others attributed. Puzzle solved, I always seek out backstories that tell something of the c/s issuer, his life and times. The two following news clippings reveal a good deal about Cyrus. He surely was a talented and interesting man ....




Finally, could I find an example of Cyrus's work, the proverbial icing on the cake? The icing proved to be an 1888 dated pie server, pictured below. Note that it bears a name stamp which matches that on the coin ....







Cyrus reportedly began working in 1866, at age 20. He likely apprenticed for seven years under his father. The subject may have stamped this 1858 cent when he began his apprenticeship in 1858-59. Judging from the excessive wear on this coin, it may well have been a pocket piece that Cyrus carried. Personally stamped coins were often carried and shared by masons with others; in effect, serving as conversation stimulators.

The coin and the pie server cost me under $50, total. Now, I love Mercury dimes and Buffalo nickels, but I've never had such fun with a comparably priced, low grade 1921-D dime or a 1921-S nickel as I've had with this counterstamp.

Now, all that remains is for me to get the Mrs. to make a lemon meringue pie, so I can try out Cyrus's silver-plated pie server!
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 Posted 03/03/2021  09:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great find and research!
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 Posted 03/03/2021  09:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ironhorse to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
as always, a good read coupled with interesting research
great post
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 Posted 03/03/2021  09:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cipster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fascinating story and great research.
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 Posted 03/03/2021  09:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done!
I bet that puts a lot more pizazz into your collection.
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 Posted 03/03/2021  09:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great story and close by!
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 Posted 03/03/2021  10:20 am  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fantastic sir! Great article and great research as usual.
Check out my counterstamped Lincoln Cent collection:
http://goccf.com/t/303507
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 Posted 03/03/2021  11:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Guys .... Your enthusiasm is much appreciated!
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 Posted 03/03/2021  11:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That utensil you got was icing on the cake...I mean crust on the pie.
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 Posted 03/03/2021  2:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Rothery to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great history/research.
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 Posted 03/03/2021  8:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great detective work! It's fascinating to learn about the people and their stories. Thank you for sharing your passion with us!
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 Posted 03/04/2021  12:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DoctorBurnzy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done! there always room for pie.
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Thanks, guys .... I'll post another next week.
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