Kavan Ratnatunga submitted this query on the terms CounterStamp and CounterMark.
I am looking for a Numismatic definition of the terms CounterStamp, CounterMark. IMHO there are two types of Marks -
one which is punched at a fixed location on coin design, and other which is puched randomly on coin.
In a coin discussion forum
I found the following definitions
COUNTERSTAMP- an official punch mark to signify legal tender status of a foreign coin or change in value of a domestic coin [eg, Spanish dollars counterstamped with image of George III]
COUNTERMARK- private punch mark used as advertising or as a sort of merchant coupon to keep coinage in local circulation in times of coin shortages [eg, 18th century English silver]
This defines the difference as between Government and Private.
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