Dr. G. G. Wilkins, Pittsfield, NH Counterstamp Coin Master

Closer view of the counterstamp
NGC graded example of a seated Liberty dime counterstamp by Dr. Wilkins

During the 19th century counterstamping of coinage was done as a means of advertising one’s business and also as a forerunner to the modern day shopping coupon.

Dr. George G. Wilkins was the most prolific counterstamper of coins in the United States during the mid-1800s. Estimates range to more than 100,000 coins, mostly large cents and small cents. He seems to have stamped everything crossing his path, though no silver dollars or gold coins are known.

There are two different styles of counterstamps: Large letters with very little space between the “N” and “S” of Wilkins, small letters with full space between the “N” and “S” of Wilkins.

This 1856 Liberty seated dime is one of the specimens not previously known. Examples were 1835 Bust Dimes, 1842, 1853, 1853 with arrows, and 1857. There are seven specimens recorded (known to exist).

This is why I continue to collect coins, medals, and tokens; new doors always open up to me after fifty years of collecting.

Resource: My personal coin collection and “United States Tokens” by Russell Rulau.

  • Dennis

    Good afternoon,
    I writing to get any infomation you may have on an
    1816 matron head large cent stamped with a large 5 on
    the obverse. Any help would be great as I would like
    to know some of the history behind this coin.
    Thank you,

  • paul

    hello, have a couple of questions about a certin coin I have
    it is a 1857 flying eagle penny and is counterstamped dr.g.g.wilkins like the coin above.The first is already answered by this web site witch was the history of the counterstamping,and the secound,is its value?It is in great shape!all words and numbers visable! thanks


  • Dave

    I have a one cent with DR.G.G.WILKINS stamp on it 1858. I would like to know value

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