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Love Token On Newfoundland Half Dollar Fraternal Or Religious Society?

 
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 Posted 11/23/2018  4:52 pm Show Profile   Check living-in-the-past's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add living-in-the-past to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I picked this love token on a Newfoundland 50 cents piece up today. Interesting symbols utilized CHF in ladder?, snake around sword (asciepius?), "2 1/2", "1690". Spent that last 2 hours searching the internet trying to tie it to a Fraternal organization or Religious society, but no luck. So I am posting here to see if anyone has any ideas as to it's attribution. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

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 Posted 11/24/2018  12:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting. I hope someone can offer some information for you.
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 Posted 11/24/2018  03:29 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I searched for a while and learned some stuff (nothing useful here), but made no progress in figuring the thing out. Of note:

The "ladder" has points at each end and is intentionally broken above the letter C.

1690 at the bottom has to be a date, and given the coin, has to be an origin date of whatever this represents. I couldn't find anything concerning that date.

CHF is most likely the initials of a person, especially given that the token is hand-carved. If it is the acronym of an institution, it may be too old and short-lived to make the accessible record.

The "snake and sword" may, indeed, be the Rod of Asclepius. In that case, it would represent the medical profession in some way, or healing in general.

For me, the "2 1/2" throws things off. That almost guarantees that it is a denomination of some sort, be it token value or not. That implies it is intended to be used at a certain venue. What venue was that?

I think the key is figuring out what the broken ladder with CHF means.
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 Posted 11/24/2018  10:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add willieboyd2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is a very interesting coin engraving.

I did note a few things:

The coin has a Heaton mint mark 'H' which means that it was minted in 1872, 1876, or 1882.

When the British pound was worth $4.00 a shilling was worth 20 cents, thus 50 cents would be 2-1/2 shillings.

The year 1690 was the year of the Irish Battle of the Boyne.



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 Posted 11/25/2018  1:28 pm  Show Profile   Check living-in-the-past's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add living-in-the-past to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you both for the information. Certainly there are still many things to figure out about this one. Unfortunately the majority of its story may be lost to time!
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 Posted 11/25/2018  2:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fioti to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interestimg. The 'ladder' has 2 1/2 rungs, as well.

As far as the CMF, I'm going with a person's initials.

A keeper, for sure.

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 Posted 11/26/2018  11:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add willieboyd2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I suspect that some boy made this for a girl to impress her with how religious he was in order to...

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 Posted 07/31/2021  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Check living-in-the-past's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add living-in-the-past to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well it took me a while, but I think I finally figured this one out. The iconography on this "love" token represents symbols relating to the the Loyal Orange Institution, commonly known as the Orange Order. They are a Protestant fraternal order based in Northern Ireland and primarily associated with Ulster Protestants. The 2 1/2 is part of the description and badge of the Orange Order, specifically the Royal Arch Purple Degree. The ladder is Jacob's Ladder with (F)aith, (H)ope & (C)harity between the rungs which is similar to the Masonic symbolism. The snake and staff is call Aaron's rod. Finally 1690 represents the The Battle of the Boyne which was a battle in 1690 between the forces of the deposed King James II of England and Ireland versus those of King William III (William the Orange) who, with his wife Queen Mary II, had acceded to the Crowns of England and Scotland in 1689. The battle took place across the River Boyne close to the town of Drogheda in the Kingdom of Ireland, modern-day Republic of Ireland, and resulted in a victory for William. This turned the tide in James's failed attempt to regain the British crown and ultimately aided in ensuring the continued Protestant ascendancy in Ireland. I could only find one other Orange Order related "love" token and it has similar iconography. Interesting that this was engraved on a Newfoundland half dollar sometime between 1872 and 1882.
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 Posted 08/02/2021  1:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting - good work keeping at the research and getting that nailed down! Sounds plausible to me.
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