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27 Mar 2018


Tokens | Longstrider

Thanks to a blog written by an ANA member on 10 March, 2018 I was inspired to look for a token from my hometown. Low and behold, I found one while searching a Civil War Token Society seller. It was priced very reasonably, so I closed the deal. Had to wait a while as he was out of town but got it in the mail within a day or two of his return. I happen to be from what used to be a small, sleepy college town in the northern part of CA., Palo Alto. The college is Stanford University and it is anything but small now. Somehow Silicon Valley has swallowed it up. I couldn't afford to live there if I wanted to. Anyway, we are talking about the 50's and 60's in my case. It was a nice time to grow up if you didn't count the Russian ICBM and nuclear bomb drills. Who would have thought that ducking under your desk while indoors or dropping down alongside a street curb would protect you from the blast and radiation? That's what we were taught! It doesn't sound like they were such a big deal back then. So when my friend Greg and I were not "duck and covering", we often went to the movies. My mom was kind enough to buy us both summer passes for all the kid movies that were shown. I'm sure getting us gone for a few hours had nothing to do with it. The theater we went to was called The Varsity. My mom would generally drive us there and we would spend the day watching everything on the screen. It didn't matter if they showed the same movie a couple of times. In those days there was generally two features shown. So we would sit there and get wired on Pixie Sticks, look it up, and all kinds of candy. We were given a small stipend to stay away. After the shows were over and the Varsity closed we would just walk home. You could do that back then.

22 Mar 2018


Tokens | Longstrider

For your enjoyment today I would like to share a resent auction win. A 1863 Civil War Token. This particular token is called an "Indian-Crossed Cannons". It's die pair numbers are F-82/351 a. These numbers are a way of looking up all the Civil War Tokens and Store Cards. They are like Breen numbers on regular coinage. The first number refers to Patriotic die #82. As you can see in the photos, I hope, it is the date 1863 along the bottom, and an Indian Head facing left. It also has 13 stars around the boarder as well as 13 stars in the headband. The die is thought to have been made by the Scovill Manufacturing Company. This die can be combined with dies 351 or 3352A. The second die number is 351. This particular Patriotic die depicts an open wreath enclosing crossed cannons, drum and Liberty cap. This die is also thought to be made by Scovill. It is also the obverse on this token. It can be used with reverse dies 12, 79, 80, 81 and 82. The token has a Rarity number of 1 and 2. Basically it's very common. The "a" refers to the metal used. In this case copper or bronze. All these tokens and store cards were made and used during the Civil War due to people hoarding any government issued coins for their metal content. They were used the same as money. I hope you enjoyed this blog and that I got my facts correct. I'm a novice at collecting these. Please feel free to comment. Thanks for your time.

17 Mar 2018


Tokens | Longstrider

Today I have a new token acquisition. As you can see below, it is a 1795 Great Britain Halfpenny. I like to collect tokens and coins with bee hives or Druids on them. This token has both. Nice find if I do say so myself. I’m very new to tokens so all mistakes are mine. The Obverse,?, shows a druid head facing right. Around the edge is written CURRENT IN THE COUNTIES OF. It has the date, 1795, below the Druid. The reverse has a old world style beehive in the center with bees flying around it. The hive is sitting on a stand on some grass. Around the edge is written INDUSTRY HAS IT’S SURE REWARD. There is what looks like a flower in the center edge. Around the outside rim is inscribed: CAMBRIDGE BEDFORD . AND HUNTINGDON . X . X

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.

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.

12 Feb 2017

Happy birthday, Lincoln!

Coins-United States | CoinLady

On this day, Lincoln's birthday, it would be appropriate to mention one collector's experience in collecting Lincoln items.


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