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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.

21 Jul 2017

Finding something new

Tokens | CoinLady

While roaming the convention floor at a major coin show, I always pick up the many premiums available, such as pens, candy, price lists, and a catalog or two.

19 Jul 2017


Tokens | coinsbygary

There are coins in this set that are difficult to describe, and this 1863 store card is one of them. That said I intend to convey the little I known about Christoph Karl in my owner comments. Then taking into account the historical context of this token, I will give a plausible explanation of the allegories present on this beautiful token from New York City featuring Germania, the national personification of Germany.

27 Jan 2017

William Till Medal

Tokens | World_Coin_Nut

I recently came across this on Heritage. In addition to being a large copper piece, I’m a sucker for them, it also is an advertisement for a coin dealer in Great Britain from the early 1800’s.


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