New Member - The 1798 Large Cent Choker Necklace Coin
I am new to this Copper Organization and this is my first post. I live in the Amish Country in Lancaster County, PA. I got interested in coppers because of an unusual coin I recently obtained.
Last edited by Zippy; 11-20-2012 at 04:14 PM.
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Interesting. It's PM damage. Quite a few old coppers, as well as other denominations were counter stamped with all sorts of things. Unfortunately, we'll probably never know the story behind their meanings.
Welcome aboard, Zippy. This "Post Mint" damage as Medleyguy points out may best be classified as a "love token." Your coin appears to have an engraving; this, in contrast to a punchmark or counterstamp. Thus, it's more likely to be a unique memento that, lacking more specific information, will never be identified. To my experience, coppers-turned-love-tokens are fairly scarce. The vast majority of love tokens seen are rendered upon silver, liberty seated type coins and smaller denomination 1800's gold coins.
In contrast to love tokens, many counterstamped coins can be attributed. Those counterstamps that relate a town, street address and/or occupation prove to be the easiest to attribute. The style, size or other aspects of any given c/s also can offer up clues as to their issuer. For example, simple initials set in relief, are often silversmith hallmarks that may be traced through various references on the subject. The c/s'd names of gunsmiths and patentees can possibly be matched with those on their products. Check out my former and future posts for more info on counterstamps ... the fun of the hunt.
One more thought, Zippy. Have you as yet determined the Sheldon number for your 1798? If not, you might post a better pic and seek attribution on that score. Here's hoping that you enjoy this fine website which is now in its infancy ....
Welcome Zippy in Lancaster! Always happy to see another Pennsylvanian here!
One of the greatest experiences I had as a newbie was attending the EAC convention last year. You should seriously consider joining us at the Buffalo convention in May. You won't believe how much you'll take away from the event. Not only will you get the opportunity to attend educational presentations, the "happenings", and the auction, but you will meet a lot of great, friendly people who share your passion for early copper.
I would love to attend the EAC convention - but I am getting old and frail and can not travel distances anymore. I am sure that this a very informative method of interacting with what sounds like a great group of people.