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Civil War Slogan

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Die F-36

Civil War Slogan

Sinker : George J. Glaubrecht

Identifiers:

  • Date is 1863
  • Period after date
  • LIBERTY AND NO SLAVERY in field above device
  • Unique headdress
  • Arrows left and right of date
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
36 ai R9 340 a R2 432 a R4
271 a R3 340 b  R6
271 j R9 340 f  R9

 

Die F-147

Civil War Slogan

Sinker : J.D. Lovett

Identifiers:

  • I AM READY. is legend
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 0  b R10  227  e R8  228  b R
 227  a R8  227  f R9  228  e R
 227  b R6  228  a R  228  f R

 

Die F-256

Civil War Slogan

Sinker : William H. Bridgens

Identifiers:

  • HORRORS OF WAR BLESSINGS OF PEACE is legend
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
37  a R2  120  e R9  433  a R3
120 a R9  120  fo R9  433  b R4
120 b R6 120 j R2
120  d R9  138 a R4

 

Die F-397

Civil War Slogan

Sinker : Frederick B. Smith

Identifiers:

  • BEWARE is legend
  • Date is 1863
  • “Copperhead” snake
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
136  a R1 136 do R10 136 g R9

 

Die F-429

Civil War Slogan

Sinker : Alexander Gleason

Identifiers:

  • MILITARY NECESSITY is legend
  • Stars separate words
  • Star in center
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 172  a R5

 

Die F-430

Civil War Slogan

Sinker : Emil Sigel

Identifiers:

  • PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED is legend
  • Star in gap of wreath
  • Ribbon and bow at base of wreath
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 54  a R3  54  j R7  180  d R9
 54  ao R9 151  a R1  180  do  R8
 54  b R8  151  b R9  180  e  R9
 54  d R9  151  e R9  180  f  R8
 54  do R8  151  f R8  180  fo  R9
 54  e R7  180  a R4  180  j  R9
 54  f R9  180  ao R9
 54  fo R9  180  b  R8

 

Die F-431

Civil War Slogan

Sinker : Henry Darius Higgins

Identifiers:

  • VALUE ME.AS.YOU PLEASE is legend
  • Iron cross above and below S in AS
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 9  a R6  155  b R9  234  a  R6
 85  a R8  165  a R5
 155  a R4  165  b  R7

 

Die F-432

F-432 Token Die

Sinker : (possibly) Montgomery Burr

Identifiers:

  • NO COMPROMISE WITH TRAITORS is legend
  • NO in gap of wreath
  • Crossed cannons at base of wreath
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 36  a R4  107  j R7  201  f  R9
 45  ao R10  113  a R9  201  j  R9
 91  a R9  114  a R9  248  a  R3
 91  b R8  114  f R9  248  b  R9
 91  d R9  125  a R8  248  d  R9
 91  do R9  126  a R9  248  do  R9
 91  e R8  126  b R9  248  f  R9
 91  f R9  126  d R9  252  a  R7
 91  j R7  126  do R9  252  b  R8
 106  a R7  126  e R9  252  d  R8
 106  b R8  126  g R9  252  e  R8
 106  d R8  126  j R8  252  f  R9
 106  do1 R8  127  a R9  252  j  R9
 106  do2 R4  135  ao R10  253  a  R9
 106 e R9  166  a R6  294  a  R9
 106  f R8  177  a R9  295  a  R4
 106  j R8 185A  a R9  295  b  R9
 107  a R1  201  a R3  295  d  R8
 107  b R6  201  a* R10  340  a  R8
 107  d R8  201  b R9  248  a  R9
 107  e R9  201  d  R8

1 : Over CN cent
2 : Over NY 630K-9d

Die F-435

F-435 Token Die

Sinker : Emil Sigel

Identifiers:

  • UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL is legend
  • Liberty cap on pole behind bundled object
  • Wreath inside of legend
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 91  a R8  167  a  R7  188  b  R8
 91  b R8  167  b  R8  188  d  R8
 91  d R8  167  d  R8  188  e  R8
 91  e R8  167  e  R8  188  f  R8
 91  f R9  167  f  R8  188  j  R7
 91  g R9  167  j  R8
 91  j R7  188  a  R8

 

Die F-447

F-447 Token Die

Sinker : Unknown

Identifiers:

  • CONCESSION BEFORE SECESSION is legend
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 260  a R7  260  e  R9  260  j  R7
 260  b R7  260  f  R9
 260  d R8  260  g  R9

 

Die F-467

F-467 Token Die

Sinker : John Stanton, James Murdock Jr., & William Spencer

Identifiers:

  • THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
    A NATIONAL CURRENCY
    FREE TRADE AND HUMAN RIGHTS.
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 57  a R8  75 a+ R9  467  a R10
71  a R8  75  b+ R9

+ : Reeded edge

Die F-480

F-480 Token Die

Sinker : Unknown

Identifiers:

  • HOPE is legend
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 478  a R9

 

Die F-502

F-502 Token Die

Sinker : Unknown

Identifiers:

  • PEACE is legend
  • Oval wreath surrounds legend
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 503  b R8

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McPherson On Horseback

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The best guess for the Major General James B. McPherson Patriotic Civil War Token is that the sinker, George H., expected a gathering of veterans from the Army of The Tennessee for a tenth anniversary in Washington, D.C., at which the equestrian statue of McPherson would be unveiled. This was an opportunity to produce and sell tokens as souvenirs; the reverse was blank and used for personal engraving. Of course, George H. felt the need to produce a few rarities for collectors, so he proceeded to strike a few mulings in very limited numbers using his Pater Patriae die and General Ulysses S. Grant die! While shown as a Patriotic Civil War Token only in brass, this token is also found in white metal and copper. These are frequently classified as medalets, instead of tokens.

McPherson dies in 1864. The problem is that the statue was erected in 1876, which would put any McPherson equestrian statue tokens well after the Civil War. In this author’s opinion, this token is questionable being attributed as a Patriotic Civil War Token.

McPherson On Horseback
McPherson Statue in Washington DC
Die F-537

McPherson On Horseback

Sinker : George H.

Identifiers:

  • McPherson is legend
  • McPherson on horseback
  • Date is 1864
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 113  b R10

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Anchor Design

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Both of these token dies represent the support for the Navy. The styles are miles apart as the top die (F-478) presents the “primitive” style for engraving a token. The lower die (F-481) flourishes with detials such as: the twists in the rope, the stylized shield behind the anchor (representing the Union), and the message of hope. The lower token die was made by Emil Sigel, which shows a lot of his distinctive styles, a bold and even strike, yet somewhat empty fields. The reason for the 1844 date on the lower token is unknown, but I would be happy to take suggestoins.

Die F-478

Anchor Design

Sinker : Unknown

Identifiers:

  • Large anchor surrouned by 14 beads
  • Date is 1863
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 480  a R9

 

Die F-481

Anchor Design

Sinker : Emil Sigel

Identifiers:

  • Anchor with rope enclosed in shaded shield
  • Date is 1844
  • HOPE is legend
  • 13 stars above device
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 134  a R9  134  d R9  134  j R8
134  b R9  134  g R9

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Numbered Design

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Die F-452

Numbered Design

Sinker : John Stanton, James Murdock Jr., & William Spencer

Identifiers:

  • 10 is device
  • 10 is circled by beads
  • 24 stars circle the beaded circle
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 70  a R9  71  a R9  71  b  R9

 

Die F-452A

Numbered Design

Sinker : Unknown

Identifiers:

  • 10 is device
  • CENTS at bottom center
  • 12 stars circle circle above the 10
  • Denticles on border engraved edge of token
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 444  b R9

 

Die F-452B

No image

Sinker : Unknown

Identifiers:

  • 10 is device
  • CENTS at bottom center
  • 12 stars circle circle above the 10
  • Denticles on border have raised ridge on inner edge
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 519  j R9

 

Die F-453

Numbered Design

Sinker : Unknown

Identifiers:

  • 10 is device
  • 10 is surrounded by open wreath
  • Edge surrounded by beads
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 59  a R8  59  b R8

 

Die F-454

Numbered Design

Sinker : John Stanton, James Murdock Jr., & William Spencer

Identifiers:

  • 15 is device
  • Denticles engraved to edge of token
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 454  ai R9

 

Die F-454A

Numbered Design

Sinker : John Stanton, James Murdock Jr., & William Spencer

Identifiers:

  • 50 is device
  • Raised edge with denticles on inner side
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 0  a R10

 

Die F-455

Numbered Design

Sinker : John Stanton, James Murdock Jr., & William Spencer

Identifiers:

  • GOOD FOR 25 CENTS
    PAYABLE IN BANK BILLS is legend
  • 2 stars in field
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 71  a R9  71  b R9

 

Die F-456

Numbered Design

Sinker : John Stanton, James Murdock Jr., & William Spencer

Identifiers:

  • GOOD FOR 25 CENTS is legend
  • Date is 1862
  • 2 oak leaves in field
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 70  a R9  71  a R9  71  b  R10

 

Die F-456A

F-456A Token Die

Sinker : John Stanton, James Murdock Jr., & William Spencer

Identifiers:

  • 25 is device
  • 11 stars in field above 25
  • CENTS in bottom center
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 76  a R9

 

Die F-456B

F-456B Token Die

Sinker : John Stanton, James Murdock Jr., & William Spencer

Identifiers:

  • 25 is device
  • Fields are plain
  • Border is denticled
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 76 b R9

 

Die F-464A

F-464A Token Die

Sinker : Unknown

Identifiers:

  • 5 is device
  • Fields are plain
  • Border is denticled
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
 3  b R9

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New York Message

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A significant portion of the Civil War trade currency were being manufactured in the city of New York. George Glaubrecht and Emil Sigel generated this simple message to indicate the origin of the token. The distinctive craftmanship of eacbh is portrayed by the tokens below. Especially the Emil Sigel token, where the fields are somewhat plain and the strike is bold and even. George Glaubrecht designed with more flourish, but the letter alignment and position of the wreath are somewhat off.

Die F-442

New York Message

Sinker : George J. Glaubrecht

Identifiers:

  • NEW YORK is legend
  • Large lettering
  • Star under NEW YORK
  • Tulip wreath surround legend
  • Wreath bears a small bow at base
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
22 a R2 22 b R8 110 a R1
Die F-443

New York Message

Sinker : Emil Sigel

Identifiers:

  • NEW YORK is legend
  • Small lettering
  • Tulip wreath surrounds legend
  • Wreath bears a small bow at base
DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR DIE MAT RAR
63 a R2 191 a R1 191 do R9
63 d R8 191 ao  R10  191  g+ R 9

+ : Reeded edge

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