There are some great articles in the June 2015 issue of The Numismatist, the monthly publication of the American Numismatic
Society, including Dave Schenkman's cover article on The Numismatic Mementos of Professional Boxing. What also caught my eye
was Eric Schena's article describing his recent research into a rare counterstamp issue. Eric submitted the following overview of his
article, titled: Mystery of the Evenman Counterstamp.. Thanks! -Editor
My article in this month's issue of The Numismatist was on a mysterious counterstamp that has shown up on ten coins so far,
including a half dozen gold coins, a rare undertype as a class. The coins all bear the small and quite precisely made EVERMAN mark and with
only one exception are all dated in the 1850s.
The counterstamps have been traditionally attributed to California primarily on the basis of one coin: an 1852 Augustus Humbert $50
octagonal "slug," an astonishing undertype for any counterstamp. However, the person to whom this mark was assigned, a WIlliam
Everman, was actually a miner who got caught up in a murder over a stolen watch and was hanged in 1853. Considering that several of the
coins are dated 1854, 1855, and 1856, it certainly couldn't be him. However, there is a better candidate: a silversmith in Huntingdon,
Tennessee by the name of Lewis Everman who worked in the 1850s.
What's interesting is that after the article went to press, I found an 1866 business directory listing for Everman & Spence,
jewelers in Jackson, Tennessee, one county over, so it's possible Everman moved to a bigger town and partnered up. I am continuing to
dig into Everman and hope that perhaps someday a well-documented piece of flatware with that mark can be definitively tied to the
counterstamp. Research is never-ending and it's what I love about numismatics.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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