"SUN"'s Blog

25 May 2018

Coin Thoughts #48 by "SUN"

Exonumia | "SUN"

A Civil War Token Story

A Civil War Token that I find interesting is the "Hero Of Pea Ridge" token. Most people have not heard of the Battle of Pea Ridge, which was fought March 6-7, 1862. The battle took place in northwest Arkansas, and was the largest Civil War battle west of the Mississippi River. With the North winning the battle, it is said, the battle kept the state of Missouri in the Union.  The token shows F. Sigel on horseback. Who was F. Sigel? He was  Brig. General  Franz Sigel that directed the Union artillery the 2nd day of the battle against the southern General Earl Van Dorn. The artillery was manned by German immigrants. 

Why was Franz Sigel featured on a Civil War Token?  His brother, Emil Sigel, was a Civil War Token die sinker in New York who made several different Civil War Tokens..  Emil decided to make a Civil War token to honor his brother.



Level 6

Great token! I hadn't heard of Pea Ridge. Each CWT is a history lesson.


Level 6

Absolutely beautiful toning on this CWT! I really enjoyed the history behind this token...too funny about being brothers! Keeping it in the family. haha Thanks SUN!


Level 5

Nice. Another CWT blog. Thanks for sharing.


Level 6

Beautiful token Sun. I need to find some that are toned like yours. I'm a big fan of toning. great history lesson too. Thanks again!


Level 7

I remember Pea Ridge. I like the token very much yes I bought one. Great history and toning on this one thanks for the information enjoy it like I do mine. Can't beat the history behind these. There great to collect and fun also. Thanks Mike.

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