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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 36, September 6, 2009, Article 16

VOCABULARY QUERY: COUNTERSTAMP AND COUNTERMARK

Kavan Ratnatunga submitted this query on the terms CounterStamp and CounterMark. -Editor

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 http://www.coincommunity.com/forum/topic.asp?ARCHIVE=true&TOPIC_ID=27547

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.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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