Tom Kays took some great images of a neat coin owned by Mike Packard. It has a counterstamp of what appears to be a native American in traditional dress. Below are the images and Tom's commentary.
Pictured above is an 1803 Half Cent stamped with Native American / Bow / Arrow peacefully pointed downward with vestiges of a belted shirt, similar in style to the Algonquian Native American pictured on Massachusetts coppers, minus the white star, and looking right instead of left. Mike Packard knows of several others with this stamp and wishes to poll E-Sylum readers as to the origin and significance of the stamp.
Here's a close up – Has anyone seen this fellow before?
Note: In 1780 Paul Revere engraved the Seal of Massachusetts according to these instructions:
An Indian dressed in his shirt, moggosins, belted proper -- in his right hand a bow -- in his left, an arrow, its point toward the base . . . on the dexter side of Indian's head, a star for one of the United States of America -- on the wreath a dexter arm clothed and ruffled proper, grasping a broad sword, the pommel and hilt with this motto: "Ense petit placidam sub Libertate quietem." And around the seal: "Sigillum republicae Massachusetts."
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