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    1863 Civil War token ... little help please !

    So I went out to a grassy area along a sidewalk close to town where no one would mind me digging some holes. I found a lot of Lincoln Memorials right on the ground and then I found this weird one. It was getting kind of dark so just threw in my pocket and continued. When i got home I was surprised to see that it was a 1863 Civil War token. On one side it depicts a statue of Andrew Jackson on a horse and says "First in war, first in peace" and is dated 1863. The other side says "The union must and shall preserve" and then Jackson's name. This is my oldest find yet + its exactly 100 years older than me !! WOOOHOOO !! Can anyone tell me any info on this token ?

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    thanks for looking,

    Mark


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    Re: 1863 Civil War token ... little help please !

    "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen". These were the words from a eulogy for George Washington adopted by Congress immediately after Washington’s death. The eulogy was written by Henry Lee, a soldier and political leader from Washington’s home state of Virginia.

    The word "Jackson" on the token's reverse need not necessarily refer to Andrew Jackson but could refer to any town, person, store, etc. with the same name.

    Don.....

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    Re: 1863 Civil War token ... little help please !

    definetily a keeper !!
    very cool token !
    ALLEN

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    Re: 1863 Civil War token ... little help please !

    Quote Originally Posted by ivy_walls
    So I went out to a grassy area along a sidewalk close to town where no one would mind me digging some holes. I found a lot of Lincoln Memorials right on the ground and then I found this weird one. It was getting kind of dark so just threw in my pocket and continued. When i got home I was surprised to see that it was a 1863 Civil War token. On one side it depicts a statue of Andrew Jackson on a horse and says "First in war, first in peace" and is dated 1863. The other side says "The union must and shall preserve" and then Jackson's name. This is my oldest find yet + its exactly 100 years older than me !! WOOOHOOO !! Can anyone tell me any info on this token ?




    thanks for looking,

    Mark



    Mark,

    Looks like you found a Civil War Patriotic Token...Reverse die face is the picture of the "Horseman".


    Reverse Die Face

    Matches Die #1161 for Store Card Tokens, but only one use of this die in Indiana...from a store proprietor named Johnson, so this IS NOT a Store Card Token.


    This design does however match Civil War Patriotic Token Dies #173 thru 177...most closely matching #177.


    Obverse Die Face

    Matches Civil War Patriotic Token die #400 & 404...most closely matching #400.



    This Token is listed in the Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900...2nd Edition by Russel Rulau (1997)
    on page 424 left column

    Store Card Patriotic Rarity Condition Value
    Die# Die # Rating VG VF EF UNC

    1161 177 R3 7 15 20 45


    Hope this helps some...keep looking!

    Regards, Fred.

 

 

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