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 144 items in this category

Gallery Mint Restrike, 1794 Half Cent, Low Relief Head
Year: 1794
Condition: Choice to Gem Uncirculated
Description: Gallery Mint restrike copy of a 1794 Half Cent, Large Head/Low Relief Type. Very accurate, this has the appropriate edge lettering device - 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. This copy is beginning to show some light attractive purple-red toning at center - otherwise a bright orange Gem Uncirculated example.
Price: $49.00
Item Id #005797    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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Item Id #005188    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...
Hard Times Token, John J. Adams, Famous Boar Token
Year: 1840
Condition: Extremely Fine
Description: HT-181/W-MA-320-10a. Famous "Running Boar" store card token of John J. Adams of Taunton, MA. 38.5mm in copper. Relatively common as Hard Times tokens go, popular both for the image & subject, as well as the historical connection to the Founding Fathers - Adams was a relative of John and John Quincy Adams. These are typically difficult to grade specifically, due to the high relief on the Boar, and are almost always weakly struck across the Boar's flank/back - this is better than most and shows a few tiny traces of original planchet color, in areas where "grunge" protected the surface from tarnishing (removed by myself after acquiring the token). A decent specimen.
Price: $69.00
Item Id #005246    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.
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Item Id #003715    See Details...
Malcolm & Gaul, Dry Goods Merchant, New York, NY
Year: 1850
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: 19th Century merchant advertising token, for Malcolm & Gaul Dry Goods Merchants of New York. Catalogued as NY-516, brass, a nice spot free Uncirculated piece. Like many such items, the design copies the Federal Eagle used on period Gold coins. Hard to believe that pieces like this can exist today in original undamaged or circulated condition ... and be "worth" less than $100!
Price: $75.00
Item Id #005500    See Details...
HK-8, Crystal Palace Dollar, With Original Case, Very Rare!
Year: 1854
Condition: NGC MS-61
Description: 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. event. 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: $849.00
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, Gem BU
Year: 1861
Condition: NGC MS-67
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 "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. This is a BRIGHT Gem BU; about as "perfect" as these get except for one tiny spot at the end of Liberty's hair curl. This appears to be a struck-in grease spot rather than corrosion. Obviously NGC felt that this was not a significant factor, and was part of the fabric of the piece.
Price: $225.00
Item Id #004352    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
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...
Civil War Token, D. L. Wing Store card
Year: 1863
Condition: Choice Uncirculated
Description: Civil War Token, store card of D. L. Wing of Albany, NY. A prolific issuer, there are numerous specific die combinations of Wing's tokens; this is Obverse 4, used with store card Reverse 1372. I believe that this is NY-010-H5, but am not 100% certain. In any case, a very nice Choice Uncirculated token with some remaining hints of planchet Red as shown. While common, nice Uncirculated CWT's showing some Red are no longer as available, and the trend towards certification has driven prices for Uncs above the $100 level, even for commons. This should certify as MS-63 Brown.
Price: $79.00
Item Id #003720    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...
1870 Commemorative Medal, Wilhelm I of Prussia as Kaiser
Year: 1870
Condition: AU/Unc
Description: (SOLD on ebay October, 2014 for $140) 1870-dated medal of Wilhelm I, as Kaiser of Germany. As this pre-dates the Confederation of 1871, I presume that this medal may have been struck to proselytize for the unification. It may also have been a purely patriotic medal struck at the time of the Franco-Prussian War. The martial details and obviously patriotic motto on the Reverse does suggest this. Wilhelm crowned on the Obverse, struck in traditional high relief; the Reverse taken up by five heraldic shields representing the five kingdoms/principalities of the North German Confederation led by Prussia. Crossed cannon and flags at center, the motto on the ribbons translates to: "We want to be united/brothers of Folk", the final word "Volk" referring to the traditional use of the term for the German race and/or nation as a whole. Struck by Drentwett & Peters of Augsburg in white metal, 41mm in diameter, medal turn. Signs of light surface wear from mishandling and a mark or two, no significant pest however some signs on the edge itself. This still retains obvious signs of the semi-prooflike surface as struck and has decent surfaces.
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Item Id #003700    See Details...
1870 Check Signed By Ben Holladay, Pony Express Founder
Year: 1870
Condition: Circulated
Description: (This item is not for sale - please refer to the header at the top of the Exonumia-Show and Tell page) An interesting bit of ephemera - a bank check issued by the Oregon & California Railroad, signed by Ben Holladay acting as President. Holladay, the "Stagecoach King", was most famously the founder of the Overland Stage Route, successor to the Pony Express private mail service. Holladay bought out the property of the Pony Express, after its failure due to completion of the transcontinental telegraph, as well as the inability to secure a government contract for official U. S. Mail. After selling out to Wells Fargo in 1866, Holladay came to Oregon and took over efforts to build a railroad southward to California. Although the route did not get past Roseburg (1872), this route later became the original mainline of the Southern Pacific RR in Oregon, which was completed through Ashland and Northern California later in the 1870's.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003761    See Details...
Engraved 1837 Bust Quarter, Secret Society Membership, RARE
Year: 1880
Condition: Circulated
Description: (SOLD July, 2016 for $199) A rare combination: an engraved 1837 Bust Quarter, a more unusual denomination as well as a very rare Type as a "love token", used as a base for an engraved membership tag or token for a fraternal order. The initials carved stand for "Knights of Honor"/"Ancient Order of United Workmen". The AOUW was a fraternal benefit society, set up after the Civil War among Railroad workers to provide life and disability insurance to its members, the first such group in the country. It was based on a non-profit fraternal structure rather than a commercial company, and could also be seen as a forerunner of the modern Union structure, as the aims were similar. The Knights of Honor were an offshoot created in 1870 in Kentucky in response to the denial of a lodge charter for a youth affiliate of a similar fraternal group, Order of American Mechanics. The first K of H lodge came from these junior members; later lodges came from the ranks of the AOUW. The Knights of Honor also operated as a fraternal benefit society and functioned until 1916. As the original dispute over granting a charter to the youth affiliate was over their chosen name, "Robert E. Lee", this piece also has obvious connections to the unfortunate political climate of post-Civil War Reconstruction. In any case, this would have been worn as a fob on a watch chain to prove membership for it's owner. The K of H were apparently made up of more substantial members of society than the typical workmen that founded the original organization, and many appear to have also been Masons and Oddfellows. Likely they joined for the insurance coverage, as that was not offered by their other fraternal organizations in the same manner. Given the amount of wear on the host coin, and the timing of the creation of the Knights of Honor, I would date this to the 1880's. FYI, a nice write up is available on all the groups mentioned on that font of internet knowledge, Wikipedia, should you want more background.
Price: $199.00
Item Id #005264    See Details...
1880's Love Token Pin or Brooch, Family History
Year: 1880
Condition: Circulated
Description: A stunning pin or brooch made from four Love Tokens engraved on various dates of Seated Liberty Dimes. A professional job that definitely looks to be late 19th Century based upon the materials. As the design and initials on the Love Tokens are similar, this suggests that it was put together from individual existing pieces related to a single family. As the various pieces are pierced for mounting, it would suggest that they were originally made for wear on a charm bracelet or the like, and converted later to the pin format. A lovely original piece, and fairly rare in my experience, especially undamaged.
Price: $129.00
Item Id #005785    See Details...
19th Century Silver School Medal
Year: 1880
Condition: Circulated
Description: (This item is not for sale - please refer to the header at the top of the Exonumia-Show and Tell page) Silver medal of award, 19th Century, commonly known as a "school medal". These were awarded variously for excellent in a particular topic or exposition, or for another special purpose. While the awarding entity I have not yet identified, it appears to be from a seminary or religious school. The outer lettering on the side with the wreath made of laurel translates approx. to: "Be Faithful Up. to the death and I will give thee a crown of life". The central motto on the other side reads "learning and piety", with the outer lettering being more difficult to translate due to the use of the traditional abbreviations used in formal Latin text used on similar items, but it does indicate the source is a religious-based school, probably in the Philadelphia area. Weight of 32.2 grams, 38mm, probably in Coin Silver.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003764    See Details...
Pennsylvania Bicentennial Souvenir, Struck by U. S. Mint
Year: 1882
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005650    See Details...