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20 Cent Piece With Bow & Arrow On Other Side

 
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 Posted 03/07/2021  7:41 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add JPL1182 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm new to coin collecting and having a lot of fun. I have what looks like a Twenty Cent Piece on one side, but has a bow and three arrows on the other. I can't find this on the web anywhere. Does anyone know what this is? The coin has a smooth edge and is thinner than a modern dime.




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 Posted 03/07/2021  7:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most unusual "love token", not seen one like it. Obverse was ground down long ago in preparation for the engraving. I think this is most unusual on a 20 cent piece.



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 Posted 03/07/2021  7:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice artwork on the piece.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  7:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JPL1182 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
"Love Token"? So, someone smoothed off half of this coin, then engraved their own design in it? I didn't know that was a thing people did.

Thanks for the reply, and I'm happy to have joined the CCF. I'm looking forward to learning more about coins.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  8:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Usually, they put their design on the reverse, but the creator of this one decided on the obverse. If you want to see some real doozies, search on "potty dollar" to see what people did with their time in the 19th century before TV was invented.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  8:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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So, someone smoothed off half of this coin, then engraved their own design in it?


Yes exactly! Not much for numismatic value any more, but some folks collect these love tokens.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  8:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It might be initials-ND perhaps. Typically love tokens had fancy intials or a name/ date. The dollar love tokens can be worth more than the numismatic value would have been.
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Oh I like the potty dollar. That's creative. I agree that that's probably the result of not having a TV.

Now it makes sense, the design is probably initials ND or ZD.

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 Posted 03/07/2021  9:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Cupid's bow struck, again ..... Perhaps the engraver left the denomination side free in order to show that the suitor wasn't the average two-bit lover!?

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 Posted 03/07/2021  10:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Has value as an artwork, but silver value only as a coin.
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 Posted 03/07/2021  11:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is quite cool. It would be cooler if it was a cc.
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 Posted 03/08/2021  12:47 am  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very cool contemporary Love Token .
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 Posted 03/08/2021  03:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PNWType to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is pretty cool! I've never seen a 20c love token before, I like the unusual choice
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 Posted 03/08/2021  2:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JohnH4444 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well it's an S mint so we know it has to be 1875 since that's the only year it was made in San Francisco. About a 100 dollar coin I think. Decent detail on the back, even though half of it is gone.
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 Posted 03/08/2021  8:30 pm  Show Profile   Check 52Raymo's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 52Raymo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really nice piece !
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