Kepi's Blog

30 Mar 2018

**Civil War Store Card**

Coins-United States | Kepi

Since we have kind of been on a roll here with Civil War Tokens, Store Cards and Currencies, I thought I would show one of my pieces. I was happy to win this at auction! It's a 1863 New York NY F-630BH-2a. Christian Rauh Confection. NGC Graded in MS 62 BN. One of the casualties of the “War” was small change, there wasn’t any. Coins were being hoarded and merchants made their own tokens that passed for half-cents to 25 cents. Foundries made a nice profit minting tokens for desperate store owners. Stock or custom designs were offered to be given out in change in lieu of Federal or Confederate coins. No Confederate coinage was ever minted for circulation; people continued to use what Federal coinage was available to keep commerce going. Collectors call these “store cards”. Civil War store cards differ from patriotic tokens in that one or both sides displays the name and or location of a privately owned business. Businesses that could afford it had two custom dies made, with both advertising the business. Otherwise, only one side displayed the business's information. This one I have here is for a Confectioner Store in New York. It shows a basket of flowers on the obverse. The reverse (which I love) seem a bit odd to me for a Confectioner Store, as it portrays a "Chicken or Rooster" with the date of 1863 and a ring of 13 stars. Maybe the business owner just liked chickens??? Hope you enjoyed my blog. Comments are always welcome.

06 Jan 2018

**In Bed With A Good Book**

Tokens | Kepi

I was so pleased to receive this book in the mail as I am still recovering from a broken foot and a not very pleasant surgery. My husband bought me a Civil War Token and thought while I convalesce at home I'd enjoy this book to go with it! He was right! Wow...This book is packed with information. It is The Official Red Book..."A guide Book Of Civil War Tokens" 2nd edition. By Q. David Bowers. Some of the topics include history, rarities and values. And a "how to" guide to collect these wonderful pieces with over 2,000 color photo's. It also has chapters on Civil War Store Cards, Encased Stamps and Civil War Sutler Tokens. This is a new area of collecting for me, although I have always been interested in coinage, currency and now tokens of our Civil War era. My token is even pictured on the cover! This book is a must for anyone who shares an interest in this subject. You won't be disappointed! After all it was written by the best! : ) Thank you for reading my blog. I look forward to your comments.

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