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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.



Level 6

I'll never get tired of reading abt CWT. This one is one of my fav tokens. Patriotics, collecting store cards too?


Level 6

Great choice. Really like the crossed cannons. Trying to get has many combinations as possible. Won a 82/353a yesterday. Looking forward in receiving it in the mail. Really enjoyed the blog and photos!!!!!!!!


Level 6

Beautiful Token! Your'e on a roll with Civil War winnings! Good for you! Thanks for all the information and great photo's! ; )


Level 5

Very nice piece. As much as I like CWT's I have made a conscious choice not to collect them. I have too much other stuff.


Level 7

One of my favorite tokens. Crossed cannons and flags. Thanks for the information that we need on these historical pieces great shots to. Thanks. Mike

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