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The California Gold Rush & The 3-Cent Piece

The California Gold Rush & The 3-Cent Piece

Jun 12, 20216 min read
The United States three-cent piece owes its existence to a combination of factors all converging at and around the same time. In 1848 gold was discovered in California at Sutter’s Mill. “Gold fever” gripped the country…….
The Machin’s Mills Counterfeit Halfpence

The Machin’s Mills Counterfeit Halfpence

May 22, 20211 min read
Operating in total secrecy, the mint was located in upstate New York, about 60 miles north of New York City. Most of its minting activities were done at night, under cover of darkness. Despite this, the number of counterfeits that the clandestine mint struck were prolific … …
Index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War Tokens

Index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War Tokens

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, April 30th, 1860 Below is a comprehensive index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War dies. In addition to being used as Patriotics, the dies were utilized as “stock” reverses for many of Mossin & Marr’s storecards.  A total of five stock dies have been identified…

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The 18th Century Coinage Emissions of William Wood

The 18th Century Coinage Emissions of William Wood

May 22, 20211 min read

Monnayage, Machine pour la marque sue tranche William Wood was a person of considerable wealth and financial standing. Throughout the west of England, he owned numerous profitable iron and copper mines. Known as a shrewd businessman,…

Johann “John” Marr – Civil War Token Engraver

Johann “John” Marr – Civil War Token Engraver

May 22, 20211 min read

Johann “John” Marr Born in Germany on September 9th 1832, Johan “John’ Marr entered the engraving business at a very young age.  Young, destitute, and barely a teenager, Marr found himself forced to live with a…

Civil War Token Engravers Mossin & Marr

Civil War Token Engravers Mossin & Marr

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Milwaukee Wisconsin circa 1860s During the midst of the Civil War, engravers and die-smiths Mossin and Marr of Milwaukee Wisconsin were responsible for producing many of Wisconsin’s Civil War Tokens. Representative of their talent and beautiful…

Richard Trested’s Tokens & His Die-Sinking Legacy

Richard Trested’s Tokens & His Die-Sinking Legacy

May 22, 20211 min read

View of South Street, from Maiden Lane, New York City (c.1820s)William James Bennett (American, London 1787–1844 New York) On or about the early 1820s Richard Trested, an English immigrant, established a die-sinking business at 70 William…

The Mysterious Blacksmith Tokens of North America

The Mysterious Blacksmith Tokens of North America

May 22, 20211 min read

Howland Wood In 1910 Howland Wood published an article in The Numismatist entitled ‘The Canadian Blacksmith Coppers.’ Blacksmith Coppers are contemporary counterfeits of evasion tokens, produced from the early 19th century until about the 1840’s….

Additional Tokens By Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger

Additional Tokens By Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger

May 22, 20211 min read

Most collectors of Hard Times Tokens and Store Cards are aware of the one cent pieces made by Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger. Other more experienced collectors may be aware of the three cent pieces made by the same….

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Richard Trested’s Tokens & His Die-Sinking Legacy

May 22, 20211 min read

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