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Vinalhaven Island, Fox Islands rare counterstamped coins
« on: June 06, 2020, 03:49:53 PM »
Rarely encountered token, Vinalhaven Island, Fox Islands.

At the auction, I found an interesting coin. Further research has confirmed island ownership.

Vinalhaven Island counterstamped coin:
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Re: Vinalhaven Island, Fox Islands rare token
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2020, 03:55:54 PM »
I found interesting information about this, and another coin. W.H.Vinal
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Re: Vinalhaven Island, Fox Islands rare token
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2020, 04:07:06 PM »
Later I discovered another interesting, but different coin. It has the same surname but different initials. I have no information about this coin, does it apply to the same islands?

Maybe someone owns this information: E.Vinal
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Re: Vinalhaven Island, Fox Islands rare tokens
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2020, 12:14:43 AM »
As it says "Founded by his great grandfather and grandfather" it could be initials of either of these people, or even his father.
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Re: Vinalhaven Island, Fox Islands rare tokens
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2020, 09:36:47 AM »
As the US coin is dated later than the Spanish colonial coin, I suspect E is the younger person. The countermarks on both coins seems to have been made in the same fashion (single punch) with the same font - though the font is of a rather common, serifed type, its letter L stands out for its long serif, repeated in the E.

I can't find a use for these counterstamps. Fishing, shipbuilding, logging and shipping were important early businesses on Vinalhaven. It is hard to see their need for silver dollars or why there would be a shortage of them on the island.

Maybe they were lucky coins, found "in the attic" one or two generations later and presumed to be souvenirs of the town's "founding" generation? Wikipedia seems bent on playing down the role of the Vinal family. Maybe the Vinal family considered them proof that their ancestors had been on the island for generations? Whatever the case, these are not tokens but privately counterstamped coins.

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