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Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:21 am
by mhonzell
Paul, thanks for the contribution!
While from Canada, I'd still put it in the Political token side based on the message.

"Store Cards" are a whole 'nother beast. Basically, an advertising campaign by separate merchants through the use of tokens that could be used as collateral for trade in their stores. Not sure how it worked if you took a "Store Card" to another store.

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:46 pm
by mhonzell
Here's a token that moves away from the Lady Liberty theme and brings into view a building that was pretty new at the time of this coin. The patriotic token is a F-233/312a. You may have seen this building on the 2009 Lincoln cent. I especially like the ribbon on the reverse being tangled with swords and somewhat undone. On the IHC, this is neatly tied.

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:00 pm
by Paul
interesting rev "wreath combo"......

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:55 am
by Daniel
I love these coins!

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:04 pm
by mhonzell
You might recognize this next obverse bust from another coin, the Type 2 Indian Head Princess designed by Longacre. Missing is the word 'Liberty'. And, while there are 13 stars on the obverse indicating the original 13 states, there are only 12 stars on the Union shield and two additional out in the field. The shield doesn't come back to the cent until just a couple years ago.

Oh, yeah... the token is a F-51/342a.
This one was really tough to photograph because the token is in an older NGC holder and not parallel to the surfaces of the holder. Trying to get it parallel to the camera lens (manually holding it) while not shaking and getting the edging lit up was tough. There is also an ugly scuff on the plastic over the '1' in the date.

Within the Patriotic tokens, there are actually two groups: The pacifists and the non-pacifists. The pacifists were considered to be siding with the South and became known as the Copperheads because of the tokens they made, typically with slogans of peace. The Copperheads mostly lived in Ohio and New York and some resorted to violence to stop the war.

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:44 pm
by sidingguy
those tokens are so cool...I've never seen any of them...Thanks for sharing!

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:05 pm
by Paul
these are very kool m....how many do you have??

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:23 pm
by mhonzell
I have only three left to show you. I'm currently working 16 hour days, so I wasn't up to speed on getting another photo out. But, I'll try to get one done before I go to bed tonight.

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:39 am
by mhonzell
Long days and photography probably don't mix well, but here is today's token. A very interesting token that requires some examination.

First of all, you probably notice the fancy border around the center scene. This is unlike any other token. The man is wearing a tuxedo, a top hat and is sporting a beard... could it be ol' Abe Lincoln wielding a sword as he leads the way? In the background is one of the few representations of an ironclad found on these tokens. Being a Union token, it is likely a Monitor.

The reverse is also unique. While it still bears the common Army & Navy slogan, the letters are on a "curve", the wreath is different in that the two plants don't appear on any other token. (Compare with the previous Army & Navy token I posted.) And, the ribbon is neatly tied, not loose.

This is one of my favorites. A F-257/311a. It has a rarity of R3, which means there are only 500-2000 known. To me, it is undergraded, but that just means I got it cheaper.

(edited: Corrected the coloring.)

Re: Civil War Tokens

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:09 pm
by mhonzell
On the last token, you can make out a Monitor-class ironclad in the background. This token, a F-240/341a, displays the Mound City, a Union ironclad, plowing through the waters. The strike is not sharp, but you can make out the turret and cannon, a hoist on the rear deck, an access hatch and stern light pole, the flag waving proudly, and even the stacks on the foredeck.

On the reverse is a previously presented Union shield and logo. Only the date is different (1863, instead of 1864.) Interesting that the date is on the front and the back.