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 Posted 08/09/2018  7:24 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Arkie to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Rather the worse for wear, but it was tossed into a batch I was buying for free. Needless to say, the reference to free speech became ironic.



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 Posted 08/09/2018  7:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bud250r to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like it.
Nice piece of history.
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 Posted 08/09/2018  11:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great pick-up! The Sullivan-DeWitt # is AL-1860-70. While there were many Lincoln campaign tokens or medalets, I believe that this scarce issue is the only full frontal view of Lincoln; all others, being a profile view.

Likely, the piece was once holed for suspension. It apprears to me that someone later cut through from the rim into the hole and sharpened the cut-out edge. I've seen a number of early coppers bearing similar sharpened-edge cut-outs. These coins were repurposed as cutting tools for thread and string; this, likely for use by seamstresses,etc.

Here's a large cent that was similarly repurposed ....




Here's my uncut Lincoln medalet ....



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Interesting that the reverse was off 90 degrees from the obverse.
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Interesting that the reverse was off 90 degrees from the obverse.


Interesting, yes, but die rotation seems to have been a fairly common occurrence as concerned privately made tokens and smaller medalets during the nineteenth century. Then too, there were ever so many types of token errors produced. I've long been drawn to collecting them.

As regards the commonly encountered rotated dies, the Philadelphia Mint produced a great nay of these in 1864. They're often found on the cent and Two Cent Pieces of that year; this, with up to a full, 180 degree rotation. They'll fetch a small premium at times,

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