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Other tokens and medals => Advertising, propaganda and numismatic artefacts => Private countermarks => Topic started by: eurocoin on December 21, 2019, 02:37:57 PM

Title: Countermark on 1 euro cent
Post by: eurocoin on December 21, 2019, 02:37:57 PM
For the first time I came across a coin with something stamped on it, while coin roll hunting. Nothing majorly interesting though. I am not sure what the stamp is, possibly a figure 7. The coin is a 1 euro cent of Belgium dated 2012.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39617.0;attach=96194;image)
Title: Re: Countermark on 1 euro cent
Post by: brandm24 on December 22, 2019, 09:19:58 PM
Almost looks like a Hebrew symbol, eurocoin, but probably not. That't the only thing I can think of.

Bruce
Title: Re: Countermark on 1 euro cent
Post by: Figleaf on December 23, 2019, 07:02:54 AM
Been looking at it for some time now but got not much to say. Yes, 7 is a Hebrew symbol of fullness, a prime number, possibly more. So? Why advertise it? What would you achieve with it? How many people would understand the message? Could it be accidental?

Peter
Title: Re: Countermark on 1 euro cent
Post by: eurocoin on December 23, 2019, 07:57:22 AM
I do not think it is damage or something like that. Although the image is not clear, the thing is very well defined and exactly 3 mm. There certainly may not be a meaning behind it though. It could also be a letter L.
Title: Re: Countermark on 1 euro cent
Post by: brandm24 on December 23, 2019, 11:34:21 AM
Been looking at it for some time now but got not much to say. Yes, 7 is a Hebrew symbol of fullness, a prime number, possibly more. So? Why advertise it? What would you achieve with it? How many people would understand the message? Could it be accidental?

Peter
People randomly stamp coins for no particular reason or the reason is clear to them but not us. Maybe someone other than the maker understands it.

Years ago when counterstamping was common die cutters would stamp coins for test purposes. There's no reason to do that with modern punches though. I have a few old test pieces in my collection. I'll see if I can find them and post an image.

Bruce
Title: Re: Countermark on 1 euro cent
Post by: brandm24 on December 23, 2019, 11:45:11 AM
Here's one coin...a mid 1800s US Large Cent...that was used to test punches. Note the variety of styles and sizes. I tried researching this hoping to identify the die sinker, but found nothing as I suspected. A nicely crafted piece though.

Bruce