Clifford Mishler submitted this entry in our earlier discussion of Turkeys in numismatics. Thanks! Thanks also to Numismatic News editor Dave Harper for forwarding the coin images.
Some issues back, over several issues of The E-Sylum, I recall there were a number of notes from readers with commentaries on turkeys on coins.
I picked up a counterstamped piece which is certainly a bit off-beat last fall, which is illustrated in an article of mine in the February 18, 2014 issue of Numismatic News.
Therein was carried a description of the piece:
“While I picked up this piece, a nicely toned proof 1963 Franklin half bearing a ‘turkey’ imprint nicely centered on the Liberty Bell – from Michigan Yooper dealer Jerry Jaeger from Bessemer, who had a table at the Nicolet Coin Club show in Green Bay about 10 days earlier – for illustrative purposes I feel it is a better fit here.
“I suppose I will never know the who, why or how many were similarly counterstamped.
“Obviously, the person must have been an appreciator of Ben Franklin’s having favored the turkey over the eagle as the country’s avian symbol and that Franklin had been supplanted by Kennedy on the half-dollar in1964.”
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
QUERY: NUMISMATIC ITEMS PICTURING TURKEYS SOUGHT
MORE TURKEYS IN NUMISMATICS
STILL MORE TURKEYS IN NUMISMATICS
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