Stone Mountain
Commemorative Half Dollar

Counterstamp

Census

As the Stone Mountain Memorial Association struggled to raise money to fund the memorial the ideas for sales grew more imaginative.  One idea was to do counterstamps for each State and to sequentially number the coins to create a uniqueness to each purchase.  Then over time other designations were added to coins to suit the SMCMA's needs.

Where Are They Now?

Originating with an article written by Radford Stearns  for The Numismatist in November 1977, the interest in the counterstamped Stone Mountain Half Dollars has steadily risen among collectors.  Mr. Sterns article gave well documented details about the history of the monument, its struggles, and the role the coin played in the early attempts to create the memorial.  He also documented placement of counterstamp elements, something that seems to have been lost to time.  His article listed 60 coins, but his focus was more on counterstamp placement than a census.

 

It is generally accepted that the seminal work on the study of the Stone Mountain counterstamps was done by Adna G. Wilde, Jr.  back in 1987.  Mr. Wilde greatly expanded on the work done by Mr. Stearns and created what is probably the earliest real census.  However, even with his concentrated effort and significant contacts he could not assemble a complete record of known coins and varieties.  To our knowledge no collector has ever completed one, nor may it be possible outside of donations of collections over time to organizations like the ANA.  Time passes quickly and the Wilde study was thirty-one years ago, and we know of no attempt to assemble a comprehensive census since then.

 

Mr. Wilde did not have the electronic research facilities now available to collectors or researchers, and his compilation of information is remarkable for the time.  Starting with the information published by Mr. Wilde in "The Numismatist" in 1987, and then building on that work with information available in searchable records we can construct a more complete census today.  There are a surprising number of coins that show up in articles or with third party grading services that have not been previously documented in a comprehensive census.  Some coins show up more than once as they change hands.  In 1987 Mr. Wilde documented 140 coins; later he documented another 38; today we can document 285.

 

This census includes auction records, TPG records, ANA records, periodicals, books, and web sites.  (See note at the bottom of this page.)  Mr. Stearns' and Mr. Wilde's contribution to our knowledge of this collecting area cannot be underestimated.

 

If it proves helpful and practical we plan to maintain as complete of a census of coins as possible given historical and written records.  But if anyone wants to register a counterstamped coin here we can provide that space to aid the hobby.  However, to register a coin we must have visual proof of its existence or copy of an auction listing, so photographs or other documentation of the coin are essential and the higher the quality the better.  We will keep the owner's name private.

 

Since PCGS is the only TPG that certifies all counterstamped coins, as a practical matter we encourage owners to register them there so that a more complete understanding of the population of these rare varieties can be understood.

Counterstamp Census

Nbr State Lettering Number Designation Last Seen Where Seen Column1
1 Alabama ALA. 4 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
2 Alabama ALA. 11 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
3 Alabama ALA. 67 U.D.C. 11/5/2006 Stacks
4 Alabama ALA. 291 U.D.C. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
5 Alabama ALA. 36 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
6 Alabama ALA. 56 3/20/2018 PCGS
7 Alabama ALA. 60 5/24/2010 Heritage Auctions
8 Alabama ALA. 74 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
9 Alabama ALA. 76 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
10 Alabama ALA. 82 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
11 Alabama ALA. 103 3/20/2018 PCGS
12 Alabama ALA. 109 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
13 Alabama ALA. 122 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
14 Alabama ALA. 132 3/20/2018 PCGS
15 Alabama ALA. 149 3/20/2018 PCGS
16 Alabama ALA. 162 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
17 Alabama ALA. 173 8/6/2001 Heritage Auctions *
18 Alabama ALA. 192 4/23/2018 Internet Search
19 Alabama ALA. 212 5/28/2003 Heritage Auctions *
20 Alabama ALA. 219 3/20/2018 PCGS
21 Alabama ALA. 238 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
22 Alabama ALA. 302 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
23 Arkansas ARK. 17 S.L. 1/1/2011 The Numismatist
24 Arkansas ARK. 18 S.L. 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
25 Arkansas ARK. 5 3/20/2018 PCGS
26 Arkansas ARK. 9 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
27 Arkansas ARK. 12 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
28 Arkansas ARK. 35 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
29 Arkansas ARK. 38 3/20/2018 NGC
30 Arkansas ARK. 50 9/7/2012 Heritage Auctions *
31 Arkansas ARK. 55 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
32 Arkansas ARK. 75 11/5/2006 Stacks
33 Arkansas ARK. 92 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
34 Arkansas ARK. 121 5/28/2003 Heritage Auctions *
35 Arkansas ARK. 143 3/20/2018 PCGS
36 Arkansas ARK. 154 3/20/2018 PCGS
37 Arkansas ARK. 164 1/26/2010 Stacks
38 Arkansas ARK. 182 3/20/2018 PCGS
39 Arkansas ARK. 203 4/23/2018 Internet Search
40 Arkansas ARK. 226 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
41 Arkansas ARK. 237 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
42 Arkansas ARK. 270 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
43 Arkansas ARK. 272 3/20/2018 PCGS
44 Arkansas ARK. 286 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
45 District of Columbia D.C. 2 G.L. 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
46 District of Columbia D.C. 1 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
47 Florida FLA. 12 G.L. 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
48 Florida FLA. 17 G.L. 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
49 Florida FLA. 26 G.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
50 Florida FLA. 50 G.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
51 Florida FLA. 23 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
52 Florida FLA. 25 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
53 Florida FLA. 48 S.L. 2/18/2018 ANA Blog
54 Florida FLA. 22 1/6/2010 Heritage Auctions
55 Florida FLA. 59 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
56 Florida FLA. 65 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
57 Florida FLA. 71 2/21/2002 Heritage Auctions
58 Florida FLA. 85 3/20/2018 PCGS
59 Florida FLA. 108 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
60 Florida FLA. 109 5/28/2003 Heritage Auctions
61 Florida FLA. 123 3/20/2018 PCGS
62 Georgia GA. 1 S.L. 11/1/1977 The Numismatist
63 Georgia GA. 8 S.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
64 Georgia GA. 43 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
65 Georgia GA. 1 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
66 Georgia GA. 8 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
67 Georgia GA. 13 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
68 Georgia GA. 14 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
69 Georgia GA. 16 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction *
70 Georgia GA. 62 7/27/2008 Stacks *
71 Georgia GA. 73 3/20/2018 PCGS
72 Georgia GA. 90 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
73 Georgia GA. 108 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
74 Georgia GA. 111 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
75 Georgia GA. 122 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
76 Georgia GA. 139 3/20/2018 PCGS
77 Georgia GA. 152 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
78 Georgia GA. 197 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
79 Georgia GA. 206 8/6/2001 Heritage Auctions *
80 Georgia GA. 216 11/9/2002 Presidential Coin & Antique Company Auction
81 Georgia GA. 233 3/20/2018 PCGS
82 Georgia GA. 246 3/20/2018 PCGS
83 Georgia GA. 308 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
84 Georgia GA. 313 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
85 Georgia GA. 320 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
86 Georgia GA. 355 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
87 Georgia GA. 370 2/5/2014 Stacks Bowers
88 Georgia GA. 421 1/26/2010 Stacks
89 Georgia GA. 457 5/28/2003 Heritage Auctions *
90 Kentucky KY. 16 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
91 Kentucky KY. 34 3/20/2018 PCGS
92 Kentucky KY. 36 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
93 Kentucky KY. 256 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction *
94 Louisiana LA. 22 G.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
95 Louisiana LA. 35 G.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
96 Louisiana LA. 36 G.L. 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction *
97 Louisiana LA. 52 G.L. 7/27/2008 Stacks
98 Louisiana LA. 27 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
99 Louisiana LA. 48 S.L. 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
100 Louisiana LA. 152 8/11/2001 Heritage Auctions *
101 Louisiana LA. 153 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
102 Louisiana LA. 156 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
103 Louisiana LA. 206 1/10/2004 Heritage Auctions
104 Louisiana LA. 247 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
105 Mississippi MISS 5 G.L. 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
106 Mississippi MISS 17 G.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
107 Mississippi MISS 4 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
108 Mississippi MISS 5 5/28/2003 Heritage Auctions
109 Mississippi MISS 8 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
110 Mississippi MISS 33 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
111 Mississippi MISS 63 3/20/2018 PCGS
112 Mississippi MISS 87 3/20/2018 PCGS
113 Mississippi MISS 101 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
114 Mississippi MISS 112 8/6/2001 Heritage Auctions
115 Mississippi MISS 131 3/20/2018 PCGS
116 Mississippi MISS 138 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
117 Mississippi MISS 162 4/7/2018 Reported
118 Mississippi MISS 210 4/7/2018 Reported
119 Mississippi MISS 609 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
120 North Carolina N.C. 214 U.D.C. 3/20/2018 PCGS
121 North Carolina N.C. 853 U.D.C. 3/20/2018 PCGS
122 North Carolina N.CAR. 4 S.L. 11/1/1977 The Numismatist
123 North Carolina N.CAR. 356 U.D.C. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
124 North Carolina N.CAR. 1767 U.D.C. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
125 North Carolina N.CAR. 4 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
126 North Carolina N.CAR. 7 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
127 North Carolina N.CAR. 22 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
128 North Carolina N.CAR. 26 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
129 North Carolina N.CAR. 50 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
130 North Carolina N.CAR. 56 11/2/2016 Stacks Bowers
131 North Carolina N.CAR. 57 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
132 North Carolina N.CAR. 91 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction *
133 North Carolina N.CAR. 152 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
134 North Carolina N.CAR. 182 8/6/2001 Heritage Auctions *
135 North Carolina N.CAR. 214 3/20/2018 PCGS
136 North Carolina N.CAR. 217 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
137 North Carolina N.CAR. 224 3/20/2018 PCGS
138 North Carolina N.CAR. 244 5/4/2018 Coin Talk
139 North Carolina N.CAR. 255 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction *
140 North Carolina N.CAR. 273 4/22/2018 Internet Search
141 North Carolina N.CAR. 281 9/6/2012 Heritage Auctions
142 North Carolina N.CAR. 291 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
143 North Carolina N.CAR. 310 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
144 North Carolina N.CAR. 321 1/1/2011 The Numismatist
145 North Carolina N.CAR. 342 3/20/2018 PCGS
146 North Carolina N.CAR. 367 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
147 North Carolina N.CAR. 373 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
148 North Carolina N.CAR. 374 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
149 Oklahoma OKLA 65 G.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS *
150 Oklahoma OKLA 69 G.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
151 Oklahoma OKLA 71 G.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
152 Oklahoma OKLA 22 S.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
153 Oklahoma OKLA 38 S.L. 1/9/2002 Heritage Auctions
154 Oklahoma OKLA 45 S.L. 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
155 Oklahoma OKLA 22 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
156 Oklahoma OKLA 26 2/21/2002 Heritage Auctions
157 Oklahoma OKLA 27 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
158 Oklahoma OKLA 30 3/20/2018 PCGS
159 Oklahoma OKLA 31 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
160 Oklahoma OKLA 33 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
161 Oklahoma OKLA 36 3/20/2018 NGC
162 Oklahoma OKLA 48 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
163 Oklahoma OKLA 79 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
164 Oklahoma OKLA 87 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
165 Oklahoma OKLA 92 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
166 Oklahoma OKLA 119 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
167 Oklahoma OKLA 141 4/27/2016 Heritage Auctions
168 Oklahoma OKLA 162 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
169 Oklahoma OKLA 173 1/8/2014 Heritage Auctions
170 Oklahoma OKLA 192 1/3/2007 Heritage Auctions
171 Oklahoma OKLA 222 2/23/2005 Heritage Auctions
172 Oklahoma OKLA 240 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
173 Oklahoma OKLA 241 11/14/2012 Stacks Bowers
174 Oklahoma OKLA 251 3/20/2018 PCGS
175 Oklahoma OKLA 258 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
176 Oklahoma OKLA 305 3/20/2018 PCGS
177 Oklahoma OKLA 312 8/6/2001 Heritage Auctions *
178 Oklahoma OKLA 340 8/22/2015 Heritage Auctions
179 Oklahoma OKLA 358 7/27/2008 Stacks *
180 Oklahoma OKLA 368 3/20/2018 PCGS
181 Oklahoma OKLA 372 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
182 Oklahoma OKLA 380 3/20/2018 PCGS
183 Oklahoma OKLA 383 1/9/2002 Heritage Auctions
184 Oklahoma OKLA 385 3/20/2018 PCGS
185 Oklahoma OKLA 389 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
186 South Carolina S.C. 3 G.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
187 South Carolina S.C. 4 G.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
188 South Carolina S.C. 6 G.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
189 South Carolina S.C. 17 G.L. 1/1/2011 The Numismatist *
190 South Carolina S.C. 24 G.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
191 South Carolina S.C. 1 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
192 South Carolina S.C. 39 S.L. 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
193 South Carolina S.C. 41 S.L. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
194 South Carolina S.C. 6 11/1/1977 The Numismatist
195 South Carolina S.C. 109 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
196 South Carolina S.C. 149 3/20/2018 PCGS
197 South Carolina S.C. 151 6/23/2018 ANA Collection
198 South Carolina S.C. 160 8/6/2001 Heritage Auctions
199 South Carolina S.C. 216 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction *
200 Tennessee TENN. 7 G.L. 3/20/2018 Internet Search
201 Tennessee TENN. 17 S.L. 3/20/2018 Internet Search
202 Tennessee TENN. 22 S.L. 11/1/1977 The Numismatist
203 Tennessee TENN. 245 U.D.C. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
204 Tennessee TENN. 447 U.D.C. 3/20/2018 PCGS
205 Tennessee TENN. 754 U.D.C. 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction *
206 Tennessee TENN. 1396 U.D.C. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
207 Tennessee TENN. 1582 U.D.C. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
208 Tennessee TENN. 11 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
209 Tennessee TENN. 22 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
210 Tennessee TENN. 54 5/28/2003 Heritage Auctions *
211 Tennessee TENN. 102 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
212 Tennessee TENN. 104 3/20/2018 PCGS *
213 Tennessee TENN. 130 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
214 Tennessee TENN. 137 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
215 Tennessee TENN. 148 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
216 Tennessee TENN. 157 1/26/2010 Stacks *
217 Tennessee TENN. 164 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
218 Tennessee TENN. 169 6/27/2014 Stacks Bowers
219 Tennessee TENN. 170 3/20/2018 NGC
220 Tennessee TENN. 175 3/20/2018 PCGS
221 Tennessee TENN. 180 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
222 Tennessee TENN. 185 4/23/2018 Internet Search
223 Tennessee TENN. 196 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
224 Tennessee TENN. 197 3/20/2018 PCGS *
225 Texas TEX. 74 G.L. 8/9/2016 Stacks Bowers
226 Texas TEX. 23 S.L. 3/20/2018 PCGS
227 Texas TEX. 35 S.L. 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
228 Texas TEX. 44 S.L. 10/18/2012 Heritage Auctions
229 Texas TEX. 35 5/28/2003 Heritage Auctions
230 Texas TEX. 125 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
231 Texas TEX. 143 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
232 Texas TEX. 197 8/1/1987 The Numismatist
233 Texas TEX. 242 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
234 Texas TEX./VA 32 1/7/2004 Heritage Auctions
235 Texas TEXAS/FLA 175 4/6/2017 Heritage Auctions
236 Texas TEXAS/FLA 182 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
237 Texas TEXAS/FLA 196 3/20/2018 PCGS
238 Texas TEXAS/FLA 197 4/7/2018 Internet Search
239 Texas TEXAS/FLA 223 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
240 Texas TEXAS/FLA 235 3/20/2018 PCGS
241 Texas TEXAS/FLA 242 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
242 Texas TEXAS/FLA 200/100 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
243 Texas TEXAS/VA 24 3/20/2018 PCGS
244 Texas TEXAS/VA 53 3/20/2018 PCGS *
245 Texas TEXAS/VA 67 2/21/2002 Heritage Auctions
246 Texas TEXAS/VA 80 7/4/2005 Heritage Auctions
247 Texas TEXAS/VA 93 5/28/2003 Heritage Auctions *
248 Texas TEXAS/VA 117 8/26/2006 Heritage Auctions
249 Texas TEXAS/VA 123 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction *
250 Texas TEXAS/VA 143 6/1/2006 Heritage Auctions
251 Texas TEXAS/VA 111/101 4/23/2018 Internet Search
252 Virginia VA. 154 U.D.C. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
253 Virginia VA. 174 U.D.C. 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
254 Virginia VA. 1482 U.D.C. 6/23/1992 Stacks Public Auction
255 Virginia VA. 11 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
256 Virginia VA. 20 11/5/2015 Stacks Bowers
257 Virginia VA. 74 6/23/2018 ANA Collection *
258 Virginia VA. 112 3/20/2018 PCGS
259 Virginia VA. 125 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
260 Virginia VA. 140 3/20/2018 PCGS
261 Virginia VA. 146 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
262 Virginia VA. 202 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
263 Virginia VA. 266 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
264 Virginia VA. 276 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
265 Virginia VA. 285 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
266 Virginia VA. 286 4/7/2018 Internet Search
267 Virginia VA. 302 3/20/2018 PCGS
268 Virginia VA. 304 8/6/2001 Heritage Auctions *
269 Virginia VA. 313 3/20/2018 PCGS *
270 Virginia VA. 316 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
271 Virginia VA. 336 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
272 Virginia VA. 338 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
273 Virginia VA. 1167 8/1/1987 The Numismatist *
274   42 8/1/1987 The Numismatist
275 A 167 4/7/2018 Reported
276 K 23 8/1/1987 The Numismatist
277 K 24 6/23/2018 ANA Collection
278 N 2 6/23/2018 ANA Collection
279 N 3 6/23/2018 ANA Collection
280 N 6 8/1/1987 The Numismatist
281 T 1 8/1/1987 The Numismatist
282 T 8 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction
283 T 34 6/23/2018 ANA Collection
284 T 40 9/14/2011 Stacks
285 WC 22 3/14/2006 American Numismatic Rarities Auction

Notes on Counterstamp Listings

  1. Coins listed as 8/1/1987 from The Numismatist are from the original Adna Wilde census.  After his death there were auctions and sales that disbursed at least a portion of coins listed in his census.  Some of these items reappeared in subsequent sales and are identifiable by an " * " in the far right column.  In the same census article other coins were referenced but not counted in the census.  These coins bear the date 8/1/1987 but with no asterisk in the final column.  Given Mr. Wilde's notoriety it seems logical that a portion of his collection was disbursed through private sales for which there are no public records.  The ANA retains a portion of his collection today.
  2. Auction firms are identified as named at the time of their listing.  When an auction lasted for multiple days the day believed to be the first day of the sale is listed.
  3. Magazine or other print articles that appear in publications that are identified only by month are listed as the first day of that month.
  4. Coins not attributable to any specific source are listed only as "Internet Search" and the date listed is the date of the search.
  5. Coins listed as PCGS were located based on intuitive searches of the PCGS public search database on the date noted.
  6. Coins listed as NGC were located based on intuitive searches of the NGC public search database on the date noted.
  7. Coins listed as "reported" were personally reported to us and left blank to mask the name of the owner.

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