A Spurious Coin
November 23, 2009 10:06 AM   Subscribe

Numismatists: what is this coin/token thingy? It was found inside the wall of a late 18th/early 19th century rowhouse in the Seton Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.
posted by GodricVT to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
What size is it? The positioning of the eagle immediately made me think of a Hard Times Token, but the lack of lettering might refute that.
posted by ktrey at 10:37 AM on November 23, 2009


The pics in ktrey's link look more like the eagle on your pic than any other eagle coins I've seen. I'd wager that someone made a love token out of one of those. That's the best answer I can come up with anyway, but I'm not really a numismatist. :-)
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:53 AM on November 23, 2009


The American Numismatic Association is full of smart hobbyists.

Looks like Rod Gillis is the person you want to contact.

I used to live by their museum. Neat little place, nice, super-enthusiastic people.
posted by kathrineg at 11:06 AM on November 23, 2009


I'll look in the front of my Red Book when I get home and report back...
posted by deezil at 11:07 AM on November 23, 2009


That might well be it! It's a little smaller than a dime in diameter and thickness, and is smooth around the edge.
posted by GodricVT at 12:02 PM on November 23, 2009


Nothing in in the Red Book which has a lot of the early American coinage.
posted by deezil at 7:36 PM on November 23, 2009


Thanks for checking deezil. Got the following from Rod Gillis at ANA:

"The coin is either a hard times token or a civil war token. It is interesting that the reverse does not have an inscription inside of the wreath. Most unusual. My guess is that the eagle design harkens back to before the Civil War so I tend to think it is more likely a Hard Times Token of some sort."

Thanks for the help everyone!
posted by GodricVT at 6:55 AM on November 24, 2009


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