G.W.C Counter-stamp, Brunk C-53
Can any of the counter-stamp collectors tell me a bit of information about the above mentioned counter-stamp Brunk C-53?
I am interested in knowing about who the merchant was, and if the G.W.C counter-stamp is sought after.
Brunk (1987) lists 33 examples of the G.W.C counterstamp, his #15485. Interestingly they are all on half cents dated between 1803 and 1851. His listing does not attribute the issuer and with just 3 letters to deal with it is unlikely that the issuer will be known unless someone finds this same punch on some object or tool, or possibly in relation to some other stamping that can be traced. Brunk's book suggests a value of 10-15 dollars so one could safely assume the value today would be double or triple a 1987 price (depending upon the eye appeal of the piece in question)
Hope this helps
Last edited by copperhobbie; 10-20-2012 at 07:23 PM.
Thank you randy. I have passed this info on to another person who was interested in this counter-stamp.
In his second edition, Brunk suggested the possibility that the issuer of this counterstamp "might" have been G.W. Capron, a silversmith who was active in a few states. Personally, I've wondered if the issuer might have been George Washington Carver I could envision these counterstamped half cents being used by the pickers ... Note that there's no evidence to support either suspicion.