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02 Feb 2018

Middlesex 1038i Conder Token Black History Month.

Tokens | Mike Burns

Hi everyone. Well this is Black History Month. I picked up this token to show you we were not the only ones involved with hate. This is a British conder token which says it all. The obverse has a chained man kneeling saying Am I Not A Man and a Brother. The reverse states May Slavery and oppression cease Throughout The World. Now this token was made in the 1700's. But don't be fooled. The Brutish transported over three million People of Color between 1700 and 1810. That's when it was abolished. Between 1787 and 1807 there was a period of revolt against this practice. When it was abolished I must give them credit. They sent there ships to patrol the west coast of Africa looking for ships carrying slaves. They were fined 100 pounds for each one the ship carried. If they resisted they were sunk. The slaves were saved as many as they could. There was great resistance to this. Today if you were to ask a British subject about slavery they know more about what went on in the colonies. That's a new one. There were several tokens concerning this important subject. I will not describe them they could be disturbing. The token below and the one I found are enough to show you how alot of people felt. They were against it. I could not find the maker of this wonderful token of a man. A man asking a very simple question. The problem still goes on and has to stop. People don't say it but they think it. It's revolting. In this day and age to have these problems makes me sick. I own this token to remind me of man's inhumanity to man. We should all get along why not give it a chance it works. I hope you understand how people felt about this horrific practice and what they did about it. To me a couple of hundred years to late. By the way I found the maker of the token a great die sinker..William Lutwyche at the Soho mint and Roger Dixon. I am also upset February is almost over and this was the only blog for Black History Month. Mike

01 Feb 2018

Civil War Token Recieved As Change?

Tokens | user_55599

I wasn't planning on making another blog today, but I received a Civil War token (CWT) as change today so I had to share this cool find!

06 Jan 2018

**In Bed With A Good Book**

Tokens | Kepi

I was so pleased to receive this book in the mail as I am still recovering from a broken foot and a not very pleasant surgery. My husband bought me a Civil War Token and thought while I convalesce at home I'd enjoy this book to go with it! He was right! Wow...This book is packed with information. It is The Official Red Book..."A guide Book Of Civil War Tokens" 2nd edition. By Q. David Bowers. Some of the topics include history, rarities and values. And a "how to" guide to collect these wonderful pieces with over 2,000 color photo's. It also has chapters on Civil War Store Cards, Encased Stamps and Civil War Sutler Tokens. This is a new area of collecting for me, although I have always been interested in coinage, currency and now tokens of our Civil War era. My token is even pictured on the cover! This book is a must for anyone who shares an interest in this subject. You won't be disappointed! After all it was written by the best! : ) Thank you for reading my blog. I look forward to your comments.

12 Dec 2017

Sears centennial token

Tokens | user_9894

1986, Sears celebrates its 100 years in business with a token made from copper from the Statue of Liberty. Material was from the renovation of the statue. Sear appears to be struggling to stay afloat at this time, so it may the last hurrah for them.

12 Dec 2017

We're Tokens Legal Tender?

Tokens | Mike Burns

Hi everyone. So I proposed a question were tokens legal tender. The answer is no. However tell that to the people who used the tokens below. One says pay the bearer one penny. Or an exchange of coinage for a purchase. You buy something for half a penny and receive a half in return. What just happened? Coinage changed hands during a purchase of an item. Legal Tender. Who says? Well the Monarchy does yet they will not release legal tender so consumers use these. No taxes on something not legal tender is there? The civil war tokens. Many didn't have denominations on them some did. It didn't make a difference because I could redeem that grocery token for goods in that store. A transaction took place. Someone bought an item with that token. Legal Tender. No. Who says? The government said. But there's not enough legal tender to go around people have to live. To eat, buy clothes. I wonder if you asked them if it was legal tender they would say of course! The other two are half penny's. More tokens with a denomination on it. You could buy many things for a penny. But how it's not legal tender. Store owners and merchants had to survive. Was anyone ever arrested for buying goods and services with tokens? Never heard of it have you? But ask a coin collector today you already know the answer no way we're tokens legal tender. What is legal tender. Coinage put out by a government to buy and purchase goods. But if a government doesn't do what it's supposed to do there obligation how do people live?Tokens. Thousands of them in England and the United States and other countries. So I will sum up my thoughts. If a token is used to purchase goods to live on then i would consider that legal tender. Especially if it carries a denomination. But what is backing it? Nothing but faith like today's dollar. Interesting. We immediately say no it's not legal tender yet there something that sustained thousands of men, women, children and store merchants for years and years. What do you think. Think outside the box. Thanks for taking time. I do have a reason why I asked. Comments. I'm interested in comments.Remember if you can have a transaction and not be arrested then nothing illegal took place correct. You know my answer even though it's just a theory. I believe during these times they were legal tender simply because there was none. Enjoy. Mr. Harper of the Numismatic News stated "if a coin is not legal tender then it is not a coin" this was in reference to the 1913 so called nickels. This should prove interesting.

11 Dec 2017

Guide Books For Grading Conder Tokens

Tokens | Mike Burns

Hi everyone I want to keep this as short as possible. I have stated in the past that third party graders make mistake with conder tokens. Yes they make many but it's not due to a lack of training or what tools were used or what grade of copper. It's not even due to a lack of books. You see people who do not collect conders wouldn't naturally have a clue of how to do it or even start. There are books third party graders have. Written by collectors in the nineteenth century and even collectors in the eighteenth century. As time went on more research was done museum's studied planchets they studied the presses that were used. But the most important tools in grading or placing these correctly into an slab is just like a silver eagle. They look for the same mistakes that you find on regular modern coins. Even like civil war tokens are graded the same way. Logic plays a big part. There's no secret grading book. Grading is a judgement call. It doesn't matter if it's an ancient coin or modern coin. They get the same grade based on there condition. Some things are learned by experience. Not a book. There's a reason I own many many conder tokens in mint state. It's called experience. I know what to look for. Yes I have books but none on how to grade a conder token. Never heard of one. But then again I never heard of a book that will tell you how to grade any coin properly with the right grade. You would need a house just to keep them. There are books on grading but your not going to get a job reading them. You have to donate your time and experience. You don't take a course at the ANA and two weeks later wind up at NGC. That's not the real world. The real world according to a great author R.S. Yeoman when he was asked the question what makes a good grader. His response "A good magnifying glass, the right light and twenty years experience". Perfect answer. You can buy all the books ever written on grading coins but if you don't have logic or the experience or a method or the tools you need. You see you need more than a book. Just accept the grade and move on. Because if you don't have a sound argument you lose shutout. It's a cold business some graders will give the benefit of the doubt. Then there are those who believe it's this grade and that's it. And if you can't live with that don't bother on sending them in. Sorry to sound so cold but that's the business. They make the rules we live by them. We don't have to like it. Mike.

10 Dec 2017

Union Pacific token

Tokens | user_9894

Here is my Union Pacific token, I had three, but I donated 2 to an auction of railroad memorabilia. Mine is 1934, but there was a 1933. You can read about this token in the September issue of The Numismatist magazine. I have had the tokens for many years and didn't think anyone was interested in them, but they are making a comeback and at auction they sold for $20.00! Money went to the Division 4 MCR of the National Model Railroad Association. You will notice the reverse, after flipping vertically that the reverse is rotated about 45 degrees on my token.

09 Oct 2017

Civil War Token that I Own

Tokens | user_9894

Here are images of two Civil War Tokens that I own. I have had them for quite some time. A little worse for wear but still nice.

09 Sep 2017

Be Glad You Can't Be Imprisoned for Being in Debt

Tokens | coinsbygary

This post is for Mike who recently posted a Conder Token. Mike I have several more of these that I will post periodically. Until then, enjoy this one!Gary’s March Coin of the Month (Volume 3 Number 7) features a copper NGC AU-58 1790’s ½ penny Conder Token (D&H-36D).

08 Sep 2017

Love tokens, anyone?

Tokens | CoinLady

Love tokens, anyone? Sometimes found in junk boxes or sold as "damaged," tokens engraved with names, scenes, sentiments, can make beautiful and meaningful gifts.


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