The Books with the Black Cover


The time has come that the Stone Mountain Numismatist has long awaited. The Stone Mountain Counterstamped Coin Book above contain 1,600 pages in Volumes I and Volume II with 800 pages each, totaling 60 Chapters. This two-volume book written in 2019 is to help unlock the mystery of the “Counterstamped” Coin marketing uses— deciphering their incused die stamps codes, estimating the potential “Counterstamped Coin” population, estimating the actual number of coins die stamped and give some idea of the total authorized SMCMA Counterstamped Stone Mountain Coins that exist today. This two-volume set is by far the most ever published on these rare Counterstamped Coins in just short of 100 years.

The Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar is a Commemorative Coin minted by the U.S. Mint as legal tender in 1925 and is of the standard weight and fineness of their regular-issued silver counterparts. There were four Coin Campaigns or Movements from June 3, 1925, to March 31, 1928, to market the 2,313,484 Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar coins received from the U.S. Mint by the Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association (SMCMA) or its agent the Federal Reserve Banking system in the first few months of 1925 that distributed them to about 4,000 community banks before the regular issued coin’s national release date of July 3, 1925.

The Four Coin Campaigns to sell the Stone Mountain regular issued Half Dollar took place from June 3, 1925, thru March 31, 1928.

1st Coin Movement, “Preliminary/First Campaign”: June 3-July 3 extended thru July 31, 1925

2nd Coin Movement, “Harvest Campaign”: July 20, 1925-January 23, 1926/May 1, 1926

3rd  Coin Movement, “Last Call Campaign”: February 15, 1926-April 15, 1926+-

4th  Coin Movement, “Extension Campaign”: From July 1, 1926, thru June 30, 1927 extended thru March 31, 1928.                                                  

There were several methods used to raise funds to emblazon into Stone Mountain a giant Memorial granite carving to “honor the valor of the soldier of the south” of the Civil War.

Selling the Stone Mountain Coin to the public is the most well-known fundraising method. The “Counterstamped” Stone Mountain Memorial Coin is a marketing tool used in several ways to help sell the regular issued Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar. The “Counterstamped” Stone Mountain Coin is a regular issued Stone Mountain Memorial Half Dollar punched with a metal die at specific and various locations on the reverse at a 1925 cost of $.03 to $.04 cents per coin to have initials and/or numbers stamped on it as well as the State abbreviation the coin represents. These die stamps were not punched at or by the U.S. Mint but was incused by others at the request of the SMCMA or its representatives. Five of the six major Categories of the 1925 “Counterstamped” Stone Mountain Half Dollar Coins are incused and all six were used to market the regular issued non-counterstamped Commemorative Half Dollar. The net proceeds from the regular issued Stone Mountain Half Dollar purchase price of $1 from the SMCMA were used to help emblazon Stone Mountain with the giant Memorial granite carving. In the end it is believed there was not a community in the Southern States so remotely located as not to be aware of the regular issued Stone Mountain Coin or the “Monument to the Valor of the Soldier of the South” because of the publicity produced by the “Counterstamped” Coin.

As previously stated, there were four Campaigns to sell the regular issued Stone Mountain Coins with the help of six major categories of "Counterstamped Coins" as marketing tools containing several varieties and different types of these rare, incused coins. The book contains numerous "Counterstamped" Coin images and their deciphered uses from all four Coin Campaigns. There are new and exciting discoveries hidden for just short of 100 years! Discover what these coins were all about while learning a short history of the regular issue Stone Mountain Coin, the giant granite Mountain Monument and the people that tried to make it happen.

After years of research finally the book is in print. There are 1,600+-pages in two volumes of images and information on the elusive Stone Mountain “Counterstamped” Coin that 99.9% of Collectors have never seen or knew existed. You just think you know the purpose of the Stone Mountain “Counterstamped” Coin. Find out its multiple uses. Find out more than you ever wanted to know. Read about the mysteries of the numbers on the coins, which Southern States had these Coins, deciphering the Code on the Coins, the potential population of “Counterstamped” Coins for each State, the potential population of each Category of “Counterstamped” Coin issued, the Prototype/Test State Auction Coins and Territorial Award Coins, the 100 Series, the First 99 Series and the “600 Series, the latter also known as the National Auction and Award Coins all of the Preliminary/First/Campaign as well as the State Auction and Award, Club, Dedicated, and Contest Coins of the Harvest Campaign or Second Movement. There is also a small amount of information on the Fourth and last Coin Movement known as the Extension Campaign and the possible/probably “Counterstamped” multicopy Coins that sold in that Campaign. There is new and exciting information out of hiding just short of 100 years!

Following are examples of Auction Coins.  First is an exceedingly rare County Auction Coin of       

South Carolina (S.C. No. 13 of 46)  and a Unit  or Town/City Auction Coin of Texas. Texas is the only State over stamped Coin used as Counterstamped Coins. Many of the existing Texas coins were surplused coins not used in Florida and Virginia and over stamped with one of the TEXAS abbreviations. These are followed by a rare Society Lavalier (Mount Removed) or Society Contest Coin of the District of Columbia (D.C.) and a, U.D.C. or United Daughters of the Confederacy Coin called a Dedicated Coin in the Fourth or Extension Campaign and called a Club Coin in the Harvest Campaign or Second Coin Movement.

Category 1: State Serial Numbered Auction Coins       1st Series      SC No. 1-46 (County)

2nd Series     S.C. No. 101-216 (Unit)

State Serial Numbered County Auction Coin

Coin Category 1, Variety 1

SC No. 1-46 (County Auction Coins)

First Series of Two Series: South Carolina SC No. 1-100


 State Abbreviation:                            S.C. South Carolina

 Serial Number:                                  13, Lancaster, County, S.C.

 Common Name:                                 County “Auction Coin” (SC No.1-46)

 Die Stamp Location:                          #4 of 8

 Die Stamp Lettering and Styling:     Post Preliminary/First Campaign

 [Made after July 3, 1925 (after the original scheduled end of the 1st Campaign) and        before July 20, 1925 (the Southern Governor’s Conference)]  

 Issued: July 27, 1925, in Columbia, S.C. at SMCMA State Headquarters with Mr. A.W. McKeand present with the news media. This was during the four-week (July 27, 1925-August 21, 1925) selling portion of the McKeand Campaign, July 6, 1925-August 21, 1925 the earliest part of the Harvest Campaign. The SMCMA McKeand Campaign reorganized the State of S.C. while selling an estimated 80,000 Coins and returned an organized campaign to the State of South Carolina merging it with the State Harvest Campaign where they sold an additional 70,000 Coins. South Carolina only sold 2,848 Coins in the Preliminary/First Campaign.

fl4 Texas Die Stamp #2 Variation B - Image by American Numismatic Association  Money Museum

 Highest Numbered Texas Auction Coin known after 95 years.

 The Texas No. 242 Shamrock, Texas Unit Auction Coin was the FLA. No. 4 - Key West,   Florida Unit Auction Coin surplused to TEXAS because  the formally did not participate in the Campaigns. They only sold 25 regular issued Stone Mountain regular issued coins of their quota. At that time they were the fourth largest populated Community in Florida. Their Unit Auction Coin became:

FLA.  NO. 4

          add: T  &  S    2_2 =                         TFLA.S  2  2 over FLA. _4_  

          add:   EX over FL =                          TEXA.S 242 over FLA. _4_  

          TEXAS/FLA. No. 242                    TEXAS 2_2 over FLA. No. _4_      

TEXAS Serial Numbered Unit Auction Coins No. 1-250 (estimated)

Texas had 962 potential Units on the Accountants Alphabetical List that would yield that many potential Unit Auction Coins, but I estimate there were only about 250 Units or Town/Cities utilized in the Texas Harvest Campaign, the Second Coin Movement. A Unit is a Town/City with at least one Bank.


dc1 Lavalier Mount Removed - Image by American Numismatic Association  Money Museum

         D.C. No. 1 G.L.- 13 G.L., Type 1

         D.C. No. 1 S.L.- 13 S.L., Type

         D.C. No. 2 G.L. - Gold Lavalier or Contest Coin

         Mount Removed                     

         Coin of the Harvest (2nd) Campaign                     

         Die Stamp Location # 5 of 8

         D.C. No. 2 G.L. of 13 Southern State Societies






ud Image Courtesy of Stack's Bowers

Die Stamp Location #8

                                    State:  N.C.                            In the Field of Stars

                                    No.:  859                                On Rock Under U.D.C

                                    Club Coin: U.D.C                 On Rock over Number 

                                   Dedicated Coin: U.D.C. Coins

Dedicated U.D.C. Coin in a Gold Mount of the Extension or 4th Campaign. A similar U.D.C. Coin called a Club Coin was utilized in the Harvest Campaign or 2nd Coin and the Last Call or 3rd  Coin Movement but in North Carolina the abbreviation for the State was N. Car. I surmise, the State abbreviations distinguish between the two Campaigns for the U.D.C. Coins of North Carolina. This difference in abbreviations has not been found yet in the three other States (TENN., VA. and ALA.) that are known to have U.D.C. Coins in the Harvest or 2nd and Last Call or 3rd Coin Movement.

U.D.C. Variation B of Die Stamp 8

In the Extension Campaign the U.D.C. Coin was always in a gold Lavalier where it was another $5 option in the Harvest/ Last Call Era in addition to the $5 for the incused Coin. Note the change in the State abbreviation from N. Car. to N.C. that I surmise also was changed for this 4th Coin Campaign.