Exonumia

U.S. and World Exonumia - Medals, Tokens, Pins, Badges and Ephemera. The image shown is of a superbly engraved Morgan Dollar, turned into a pin akin to a "love token". If of interest, please see our "Show and Tell" section, which lists interesting pieces from my personal collection - while these are not currently for sale, they are shown for educational purposes as my website is frequently accessed by individuals searching for information on "non-coins" that they may have in their possession (please note that I do happily purchase such items).

There are 174 items in this category

Official Coronation Medal for King George I
Year: 1714
Condition: Almost Uncirculated
Description: Official coronation medal by the Royal Mint for George I of Great Britain, 1714. Eimer 470, MI ii 423/8. Dies by J. Croker, original mintage reported as 1,200, from a number of slightly different dies. Little actual wear however one assumes this was lightly cleaned at some point in the intervening 300 years, however this still has attractive gunmetal blue-gray coloration with some reflectiveness of surface remaining. Some small patches of surface roughness mentioned for accuracy, possibly as struck from water or grease on the dies. If from spots of corrosion, this was extremely skillfully removed with little harm to the fabric of the piece. I also note a minor graffito in the Obverse field opposite George's mouth, perhaps an old collectors mark, noticeable when the medal is tipped to the light. Not too readily apparent when viewed in normal fashion, and still an attractive piece overall.
Price: $316.00
Item Id #006889    See Details...
Gallery Mint Restrike, 1796 Half Cent, With Pole
Year: 1796
Condition: Gem Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD July, 2017 for $45) Gallery Mint restrike copy of a 1796 Half Cent, With Pole, this one struck with a cracked die. Very accurate dies - many of Ron Landis' designs can actually be "attributed" to the precise variety he copied! He also produced a number of purposeful "error" strikings; I do not know if this is one of those, or a copy of a specific known Craig variety. As are ALL Gallery Mint creations, properly marked on the Reverse in concordance with the Hobby Protection Act. A bright orange Gem Uncirculated example.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005990    See Details...
Gallery Mint Restrike, 1796 Half Cent, With Pole
Year: 1796
Condition: Gem Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD July, 2017 for $45) Gallery Mint restrike copy of a 1796 Half Cent, With Pole. Very accurate dies - many of Ron Landis' designs can actually be "attributed" to the precise Craig variety he copied! As are ALL Gallery Mint creations, properly marked on the Reverse in concordance with the Hobby Protection Act. A bright orange Gem Uncirculated example.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005798    See Details...
Gallery Mint Restrike, 1796 Half Cent, No Pole
Year: 1796
Condition: Gem Proof
Description: (SOLD June, 2017 for $49.95) Gallery Mint restrike copy of a 1796 Half Cent, No Pole variety (Craig-1). Struck as a limited edition Proof copy of this American Numismatic rarity; this comes with the original flip and card showing the serial #. Very accurate dies - many of Ron Landis' designs can actually be "attributed" to the precise Craig variety he copied! As are ALL Gallery Mint creations, properly marked on the Reverse in concordance with the Hobby Protection Act. A bright orange Gem Proof example, with Cameo devices. One of the best examples of this minter's works.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005799    See Details...
Medal Honoring the U. S. S. Wasp, War of 1812
Year: 1820
Condition: AU
Description: (SOLD July, 2016 for $200, probably a little bit too cheap) One of a series of (originally) Gold medals awarded by Congress to honor Naval heroes of the War of 1812, this commemorates the Captain of the U. S. S. Wasp, Johnston Blakely. Blakely was immediately successful against the British in 1814, sinking two combatants and capturing a third merchant vessel, all within a couple of months. Unfortunately, he and his command disappeared at sea in October, 1814, presumed to have been lost to a storm. Listed as Julian NA-6, 65mm in French Bronze. These dies were not cut until 1820, both as priority in awards was given to those officers still living, as well as the fact that no likeness of Blakely was easily available. Dies by Moritz Furst, the single Gold award medal was presumably given to Blakely's surviving family. This medal was later added to the U. S. Mint's general public catalog and copies were struck off either for stock or to order for a number of years. A rare medal, as are all from this period. Unfortunately, reliable records are only available from about 1855 onward. No medals of this number are shown struck between 1855 and 1860. With the onset of the Civil War and the corresponding patriotic fervor, 40 were struck between 1861 and 1866; afterwards only 20 are noted until 1875, and some small quantity in the 1880's. One can assume that a number were struck between 1820 and 1854, however given the somewhat obscure nature of Blakely's tenure at the helm, as well as the fact that numismatics did not "take off" until about 1858-1860, the numbers could not have been huge. Call it certainly 200 or less originals; later strikings into the 20th Century would have been in slightly altered materials, as the classic Bronze alloy was not used much past the turn of the Century. To put it into perspective, HK-12, the medal issued to celebrate the completion of the Pacific Railroad (CM-39 in Julian), was struck in the quantity of 300+ in Bronze in just the first two years available, and hundreds after, not including at least 100+ in Silver as well. Obviously a more popular and public subject, but this medal is considered a huge rarity (some of this is of course associated with its listing as a So Called Dollar) - this gives you some perspective on the rarity of the Blakely medals. This example shows some minor signs of mishandling, such as a couple of very minor edge nicks, but appears to be original. The color of the finish is just slightly off, suggesting that the antiquing applied may have been affected by less than ideal storage over the years.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005188    See Details...
Naval Award Medal, Captain James Biddle, USS Hornet
Year: 1820
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: Award Medal struck to honor Captain James Biddle of the first U.S.S. Hornet, for action against the British in the War of 1812. He fought and captured the HMS Penguin off Tristan da Chuna in the South Atlantic. Catalogued as NA-5 by Julian in his opus on U. S. Mint medals; this also appears in a number of other catalogues. Dies by Moritz Furst, first struck in 1820 or after (Biddle's unique Gold Medal was struck January, 1820). This is one of the originals struck 1885 or earlier, the die suffering some light damage by that date which this does not show. 71 copies struck 1861 to 1885 show in Mint records; based upon typical pattern, that means no more than 150-200 originals struck. Per Julian, this is technically Bronzed-Copper, as are all similar Mint issues until at least 1891. The medal itself is Uncirculated, about Choice, with the exception of the obvious Obverse spotting, likely due to moisture contact while in storage. One tiny rim bruise is also visible on the Reverse rim edge (shown). Original and has not been cleaned. I was able to trace about six distinct specimens sold in the last Decade, or impounded in collections; one presumes there are others but they certainly do not appear with any frequency. My asking price is based upon similar sold or listed. This will be shipped in the oversized plastic case shown in the last image.
Price: $629.00
Item Id #006873    See Details...
1830's Obsolete Note, Image of U. S. Bust Dollar
Year: 1830
Condition: Circulated
Description: (This item is not for sale - please refer to the header at the top of the Exonumia-Show and Tell page) 1830's era "obsolete" or "broken bank" note as they are commonly called, an unissued note on the People's Bank of Grand River, Grand Rapids, Michigan. As sometimes happened, it appears to have seen actual circulation despite not having been signed by bank officers, or was otherwise carried as a souvenir. Interesting for the vignette of the Reverse of a U. S. Bust Dollar design at right - this indicates that while not commonly seen in circulation as mintage was suspended in 1803, these coins were familiar as specie backing such privately issued notes. Not terribly valuable, however this has sentimental value as it came from my father. As he worked in a bank briefly during the late 1950's, it is possible that this "wandered" through as he was not otherwise a collector.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003762    See Details...
Medal Commemorating Queen Anne, Dassier's Kings & Queens Series
Year: 1830
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated+
Description: Queen Anne, 1731 Kings and Queens of England medal series by Dassier. 41mm in Bronze, 35 grams, thus presumed to be one of the 1830 restrikes by Sir Edward Thomason as the originals are about 41-42gr. BHM-1437 (?). Very Choice Almost Uncirculated, by technical grading - shows just the most minor trace of what I would call wear from contact with the surfaces it was stored in. Likely however to still certify as Uncirculated if submitted to NGC. Offered on the basis that it is a nice copy of a popular and historic medal.
Price: $95.00
Item Id #006891    See Details...
Hard Times Token, James Moffet, Founder, Uncommon High Grade Piece
Year: 1837
Condition: NGC AU-58BN
Description: HT-295, James G. Moffett, Founder, New York. An attractive Hard Times token/store card with a copy of the Federal Eagle as it's main motif. A nice even overall Brown with some original surface showing, no problems. While more "common" by HT standards, only 18 certified at NGC better than this, after 15+ years of grading and 180 years after production. Compare that to the "rare" 1909-S VDB which has a MS-65RD population in the thousands. This remains one of the undervalued areas in American Numismatics. My price is based upon historical auction results.
Price: $219.00
Item Id #006099    See Details...
Hard Times Token, James Moffet, Founder, Rare Variety
Year: 1837
Condition: NGC MS-62BN
Description: (SOLD October, 2017 for $350) HT-297, James G. Moffett, Founder, New York. An attractive Hard Times token/store card with a copy of the Federal Eagle as it's main motif. Medium overall Brown with highlights of lighter planchet color around the lettering and original surfaces. A scarce token, one could call it rare. Only 20 certified at NGC in all grades with 12 in Unc; it's scarcity would encourage more submissions so the difference of only 40% fewer versus the HT-295 has to be take with a grain of salt. Compare these numbers to the "rare" 1909-S VDB Cent which has a MS-65RD population in the thousands. This remains one of the undervalued areas in American Numismatics. My price is based upon historical auction results.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #006100    See Details...
William Henry Harrison Political Token, Scarce
Year: 1840
Condition: Circulated
Description: Campaign token for William Henry Harrison's run for the Presidency circa 1840. This is the larger diameter version of the "Hero of Tippecanoe" token, catalogued as Rulau HT-820 (DeWitt WHH 1840-27). Apparently very scarce as Rulau estimates no rarity; it was not clearly stated but the suggestion was that it was known by only one example at the time of publication. I can state that I have owned a number of the smaller Harrison pieces, but this is the first of this type. There is also the suggestion that this piece may have served as a Hard Times token - certainly it saw some wear from circulation or as a pocket piece. A nice original, generally problem free piece, holed "as made" for suspension from a ribbon, typical for a political piece.
Price: $90.00
Item Id #006763    See Details...
Naploeon Bonaparte, Battle of the Pyramids 1798
Year: 1840
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: Medal, 41mm, commemorating the Battle of the Pyramids in 1798, in which Napoleon Bonaparte's forces defeated the Mamluk army and vanquished the final remnants of the old Eqyptian pharonic kingdoms. Dies by Antoine (de) Bovy, 1841-42 Restrike in Copper by the Paris Mint, edge marked with the "Anchor" privy used during this period. While I suspect a light cleaning a very long time ago, very attractive and looks original at first glance. Very minor edge marks from contact, one or two more significant soft bumps noted, otherwise no wear or damage. There may be a small contact area atop Napoleon's hair at the highest point of relief, as there is a "bright" spot at this location - likely from being pulled/pushed in and out of an undersized plastic flip (this will be shipped in an oversized archival flip). Otherwise with lightly toned surfaces displaying much original reflective surface. A rare and popular medal with its association to one of France's favorite Sons, and a controversial figure to this day. Not commonly found outside European shores.
Price: $369.00
Item Id #006051    See Details...
Hard Times Token,
Year: 1841
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: HT-68/Low 67. A common design, which "commemorates" the suspension of specie (Gold & Silver) payments by the U. S. Banking system, due to the Crash of 1837. Little if any wear, just a few random marks. A couple of light, newer dings show more brightly against the dark chocolate surfaces, as the result on non-numismatic storage. Likely set aside almost immediately as a souvenir, perhaps after conditions became less severe in the years after issue.
Price: $99.00
Item Id #006357    See Details...
1847-dated Spielmark, U. S. $10 Gold Eagle Replica
Year: 1847
Condition: EF+
Description: (SOLD May, 2016 for $53, on ebay) 19th Century Spielmark token struck in the similitude of a U. S. $10 Gold Eagle, dated 1847. Most of these were struck much later, in the 1880's or so, and back dated. This is a scarcer design, bearing a fairly accurate representation of the Liberty head found on the Gold Eagle, with a "California Counter" Reverse. These were used in lieu of real coinage at gaming tables, in the same manner as poker chips are today.Nice EF/AU surfaces with NO spots, which is a bit unusual, but some minor rim marks.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003706    See Details...
Love Token on 1848 $5 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle
Year: 1848
Condition: Circulated
Description: (This item is not for sale - please refer to the header at the top of the Exonumia-Show and Tell page) Love tokens and their like on U. S. Gold coins are far less common, simply due to the larger financial bite. This item is most likely to have been more of a personal engraving given to be worn as a charm or on a necklace, than the traditional "love token". The host coin is most unusual - an 1848 $5 Lib, almost certainly a Philadelphia product, based upon the date logotype (as well as the VERY slim chance that someone would have used a high grade Charlotte or Dahlonega piece!). The use of such an early date coin, which remains in EF condition, suggests that this piece may be a remembrance of that year being particularly significant to the owner, and also that some care was used to find a quality example of a back-date coin, as most such engravings were not made until later in the 19th Century. The tiny hole that appears like an "earring" on Liberty's lobe is likely a centering dot used to control the engraving tool used to produce this.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003715    See Details...
HK-8, Crystal Palace Dollar, With Original Case, Very Rare!
Year: 1854
Condition: NGC MS-61
Description: (SOLD November, 2017 for $750) Perhaps the only "foobie" in the H-K text. This was issued for the Crystal Palace Exhibition in England, and as such should not have been included in the volume, not being an American product or related to any event on our soil. You might make a very thin claim that is "related" as the 1854 Exhibition was one of the progenitors to the U. S. Exhibitions, but regardless it is in the book. Struck to the account of the old English firm of Pinches. Fairly scarce although about 4 dozen are certified by NGC in various grades of Unc; the higher survival than other early H-K's is likely due to its issue in England, where the culture of collecting was firmly established by the mid-1850's, so these would have been treated a bit better than the "souvenir" issues made for U. S. events. All of which is made immaterial in my opinion due to the presence of the original case this was issued and sold with. This is a two piece, thin shell of what appears to be tinned brass, both sides being identical. This is one of the ultimate eye puzzles, as the medal looks plainly too big to fit into it! Apparently, the two halves and the medal formed a sort of sandwich, with the shell edge fitting into a sort of raised rim area on the medal. Typical stunning medalists allegory on the Obverse, a very "busy" design which protected the surfaces; the Reverse shows the Crystal Palace itself surrounded by mainly open fields, which typically show some hairlines and scuffing. A lovely and scarce medal, the accompanying case makes this a scarcity/rarity of the highest order.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005532    See Details...
19th Century British Medal, Awarded for Success in Art, Dies by Wyon
Year: 1856
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD October, 2016 for $150) 19th Century medal awarded by Her Majesty Queen Victoria's Government, Department of Science and Art, for a local or regional art exhibition and display. 55mm in French Bronze, Dies by William Wyon, this was a "stock" pattern struck for a number of years after Wyon's death. The specific award notation was engraved upon the edge; in this case, awarded to one Edwin Chandler of Plymouth, "Stage 4b", dated 1856. Catalogued in Elmer's "British Commemorative Medals & Their Values", #1511, Plate 167. I was able to find one sketchy reference to an artist of the same name whose work sold at auction some years later (my research continues), so he may have met with some commercial success, if not particular fame. Uncirculated in the original box of award, Superb Gem except for a couple of minor edge touches, not surprising given the age. Thankfully never cleaned or abused, it retains the lovely original Chocolate Brown semi-Prooklike surfaces. The box shows some wear & minor damage. Not rare, but not common by any means either - just a lovely example of the die sinker's and medallist's art.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005228    See Details...
Engraved Pocket Piece on Famous
Year: 1858
Condition: VF/EF
Description: A personalized engraved coin, given as a gift commemorating some event of note in 1858. The host coin for this item offers one of the few opportunities to own a genuine "1804 Dollar". These were privately issued token currency struck by Matthew Boulton over New World Spanish Empire 8 Reales, valued at 5 Shillings Sterling. I assume the use of the term "Dollar" was to familiarize users with the original source of the Silver. They were issued to try to relieve a chronic shortage of Silver coinage in England, caused primarily by interruption of supplies of Silver from the New World colonies, the primary source at that point, by almost constant warfare between England and France & Spain. While relatively scarce, especially in the U. S., they are no true rarity, although the story behind them makes them a numismatic classic. This piece however is the first I have seen used as the basis for a personal touchstone. Produced long after these ceased to be Legal Tender in England, this may very well be a personal financial memento from one gentleman involved in Finance to another - who knows, but it might make an interesting research project.
Price: $495.00
Item Id #005146    See Details...
Confederate Cent Restrike, from Original 1861 Dies
Year: 1861
Condition: Gem Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD Feb. 2015 for $175) 1960's era Restrike of the Confederate Cent by Robert Bashlow in Bronze, using transfer dies from the original "cancelled" (defaced) dies. This was the second time the design was restruck, the first being by Haseltine in the 1870's from the original dies purchased directly from the engraver, who had hidden them in fears (perhaps rightly so, given what we know now of President Lincoln) of being hung for sedition. A raw example recently purchased, still with the original envelope, which is much more scarce/rare than the token itself! This is an original Uncirculated example, but as it was not fully struck up, it shows some planchet roughness and would likely certify as only a MS-64 or perhaps MS-64 depending upon the whims of NGC. The grade is less important than its value as historical fabric.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003913    See Details...
Confederate Cent Restrike, From Original 1861 Dies, Original Envelope
Year: 1861
Condition: Gem Uncirculated
Description: 1960's era Restrike of the Confederate Cent by Robert Bashlow, using transfer dies from the original "cancelled" (defaced) dies. This was the second time the design was restruck, the first being by Haseltine in the 1870's from the original dies purchased directly from the engraver, who had hidden them in fears (perhaps rightly so, given what we know now of President Lincoln) of being hung for sedition. This is one of those struck in Bronze, the most commonly encountered. It comes with the original envelope these were sold with, which is NOT common as most were lost or tossed out. A BRIGHT Gem BU, a few tiny areas of darkness and/or "spots". Due to the odd surfaces created by the crude cancellation, these are always difficult to image, so some of what appears to be spotting is actually shadowed areas. In my experience, this would certify as MS-66.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #006244    See Details...
Confederate Cent Restrike, from Original 1861 Dies
Year: 1861
Condition: NGC MS-66
Description: (SOLD on ebay Feb. 2015 for $150) 1960's era Restrike of the Confederate Cent by Robert Bashlow in Bronze, using transfer dies from the original "cancelled" (defaced) dies. This was the second time the design was restruck, the first being by Haseltine in the 1870's from the original dies purchased directly from the engraver, who had hidden them in fears (perhaps rightly so, given what we know now of President Lincoln) of being hung for sedition. Certified by NGC as a MS-66, kept from the usual MS-67 grade these typically certify as by the "streak" on the cheek, which is probably a grease mark from striking. Generally scarce today, although it appears that some were revealed in the Bashlow estate when it was dispersed.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003444    See Details...
Confederate Cent Restrike, from Original 1861 Dies
Year: 1861
Condition: Gem Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD January, 2015 for $190 - the listing left posted for the information value) 1960's era Restrike of the Confederate Cent by Robert Bashlow, using transfer dies from the original "cancelled" (defaced) dies. This was the second time the design was restruck, the first being by Haseltine in the 1870's from the original dies purchased directly from the engraver, who had hidden them in fears (perhaps rightly so, given what we know now of President Lincoln) of being hung for sedition. This is one of those struck in "Goldine", a proprietary alloy used by Bashlow to make them appear "gold". The Goldine pieces are FAR more scarce than the Bronze, and I only see them occasionally (about as often as the ones struck in Silver in fact), unless one of the original 3 piece sets turns up. Certified ICG MS-66, this is a BRIGHT fully Superb Gem BU as issued with no spots or problems - in my experience with certifying this series, this would likely regrade a 67 at NGC.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003960    See Details...
Year: 1863
Condition: NGC MS-63
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #006950    See Details...
Civil War Era Merriam Medal, Daniel Webster, Scarce
Year: 1863
Condition: Uncirculated+
Description: Civil War era token/medal struck by the famous die sinker Joseph Merriam of Boston. The Daniel Webster memorial/"I Still Live" issue, SCH C-36, in Copper. Choice Uncirculated surfaces with attractive original toning, one spot on the Obverse which appear to be the result of contact with moisture. By the standards usually applied to Merriam's historical medal series, this is "common", but probably still known in only by a handful of specimens. Oddly enough, none certified at NGC in this composition. This may be due to the fact that collectors of this series tend to be "old hands" that prefer raw medals, or due to the fact that as "common" as this type is, they do not see a need. Either way, a famous and historical medal.
Price: $225.00
Item Id #006963    See Details...
Cedar River Bridge Company Passage Token, Very Scarce
Year: 1867
Condition: EF/AU
Description: (SOLD December, 2016 for $169 on ebay) 1867 Cedar River Bridge Company token, Cedar Falls, Iowa, "Pass One Footman". Popularly collected as an adjunct to Civil War token issues, given the similar design, as well as on its own as a 19th century merchant token or transportation token. Apparently struck in more than one metal; the color of this suggests a brassy alloy. EF/AU with some remaining luster being obvious around the rims, problem free other than the one light stain/spot shown (this also suggests a brass alloy). Very Scarce to Rare in decent condition, as these were apparently well used - most copies noted are lower grade, damaged or corroded from being dug. This is an original piece out of an old numismatic hoard - guaranteed genuine.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005249    See Details...