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Cairo, Illinois

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Cairo, Illinois

This Civil War Store Card (IL 95A) of Cairo, Illinois is ascribed to an unknown die sinker.

Die IL95B is ascribed to W.K. Lanphear. Lanphear  was the second most prolific issuer of Civil War tokens in Cincinnati. His work is remarkable for the variety of motifs used as reverse dies on store cards.

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Obverse Die – IL 95A

Cairo, Illinois

Text on token:
  • R.C. Culley / Watchmaker / & Jeweler / Cairo, Ills
Valuation:
  • VF-EF : $2,000-$3,000
  • MS-63 : $5,000-$7,500
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-xxx or (New) Blank
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 1 a R9  1  b  R8
Obverse Die – IL 95B

Cairo, Illinois

Text on token:
  • D. Ford / Watchmaker / And / Jeweler. / Cairo, / Ills.
Valuation:
  • VF-EF : $50-$75
  • MS-63 : $250-$375
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-40 or (New) F-1122
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 1 a R6  1  b  R9
Die Reverse:  (New) F-1348
 2  a R9 2  b  R9
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-xxx or (New) Blank
3  a R9  3 b R9  3  d R7

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Bloomingdale, Illinois

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Bloomingdale, Illinois

This Civil War Store Card of Bloomingdale, Illinois is ascribed to an unknown die sinker. This token is the only issue known for this city.

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Obverse Die – IL 65A

Bloomingdale, Illinois

Text on token:
  • S.P. Sedgwick & Co. / Variety / Goods, / Bloomingdale / Ill.
Valuation:
  • VF-EF : $30-$45
  • MS-63 : $100-$150
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-124 or (New) F-1144
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 1 a R9
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-127 or (New) F-1145
 2  a R9 2  d R9  2  j  R9
 2 b R9  2  e  R9
 2 c R9  2  f  R9
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-248 or (New) F-1241
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
3 a R9
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-294 or (New) F-1244
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
4 a R9
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-295 or (New) F-1245
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 5 a R9
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-432 or (New) F-1275
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
6 a R9 6 d R9

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Belvidere, Illinois

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Belvidere, Illinois

The die sinker for this token from Belvidere, Illinois is unknown. This is a wonderful Civil War Store Card that makes use of unique obverse and reverse dies by having the merchant place his name on both sides of the token. While not easily found, it is still found in fairly good shape.

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Obverse Die – IL 35A

Belvidere, Illinois

Text on token:
  • George B. Ames / Dealer In / Drugs, / Books, &c. / Belvidere, Ill.

Reverse

Belvidere, Illinois

Text on token:
  • George B. Ames / 1863
Valuation:
  • VF-EF : $25-$40
  • MS-63 : $60-$95
Die Reverse: (See Reverse)
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 1 a R5  1  b  R2
 1 a1 R9  1  e  R9
Die Obverse and Reverse: (See Reverse)
 2  b R9

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Aurora, Illinois

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Aurora, Illinois

The IL25A die from Aurora, Illinois is ascribed to the shop of S.D. Childs. Childs was a prolific token manufacturer. His dies commonly make use of a woman’s head and most of his dies use sans-serif lettering. He also produced Sutler tokens.

The IL25B die is ascribed to F.N. Dubois and as is typical, he used the F-1368 reverse die, meaning that the token was likely made prior to the Civil War.

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Obverse Die – IL 25A

Aurora, Illinois

Text on token:
  • IRA H. Fitch / Dealer In / Leather. / Harness / &C. / Broadway.Aurora.Ill.
Valuation:
  • VF-EF : $50-$75
  • MS-63 : $150-$225
Die Reverse: (New) F-1207
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 1 a R3
Obverse Die – IL 25B

Aurora, Illinois

Text on token:
  • Gates & Trask / Dealers / In / Watches / Jewelry / & / Silver.Ware / Aurora.Ill
Valuation:
  • VF-EF : $30-$45
  • MS-63 : $125-$175
Die Reverse: (Pat) F-461 or (New) F-1368
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 1  a R4  1 c  R9

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Alton, Illinois

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Alton, Illinois

These Civil War Store Cards from Alton, Illinois are ascribed to the shop of John Stanton. Stanton  was the most prolific issuer of Civil War tokens in Cincinnati. His work was centered on stamp cutting and brand cutting. He hired several of the other die sinkers throughout the Civil War, which makes attributing some of his tokens, or the die sinker’s tokens a bit tricky.

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Obverse Die – IL 10A

Alton, Illinois

Text on token:
  • IL 10A-1 : Walter & Smith / Alton / Ills. / Good for / 10 / Cents
  • IL 10A-2 : Walter & Smith / Alton / Ills. / Good for / 25 / Cents

Reverse

Alton, Illinois

Text on token:
  • John Stanton / Stamp / Brand / Cutter / Cincinnati
Valuation:
  • VF-EF : $10,000-$15,000
Die Reverse: (See Reverse)
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 1 b R8
Die Reverse: (See Reverse)
 2  b R9

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