Last new tokens added: September 12, 2014 Last updated for sold items: September 15, 2014
New items were added to Patriotic and Michigan Civil War tokens.
CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC vs. STORE CARDS:
Regular issue US coinage was hoarded during the Civil War restricting merchant's ability to make small change. Some merchants had tokens made to give out as change in their stores. If you ordered the least expensive tokens you would receive a combination of two existing dies, usually of a patriotic nature or similar to a US cent, these are called Patriotic Civil War Tokens. If you had more to spend you could have one or two dies custom made for you with information specific to your business (i.e. location, occupation, specialties, etc.) these are called Civil War Store Cards.
COMPOSITION OF CIVIL TOKENS:
Civil War tokens were manufactured in a
number of different metallic compositions as well as rubber. In the
cataloging of these tokens the composition is indicated by a lower case letter
at the end of the Fuld number. The following is a list of the codes used.
The rarity scale for Civil War tokens is listed below.
Most collectors collect by town, merchant or die. Very few try to get one of
each die combination and metal composition. So value is determined more by supply and demand
than by individual rarity. Additionally, more than a few pieces have incorrect rarity ratings
(both over and under rated) in current references due to outdated information, hoards, mistakes or typo's.
http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/wcm/CoinCustomSetView.aspx?s=1365 An NGC registry set of some of the rarest patriotic dies and varieties.
http://stevetanenbaum.com/ Memorial site for token dealer Steve Tanenbaum.
http://www.cwtsociety.com The site of the Civil War Token Society.
http://cwtoken.com/Civil_War_Token_Type_Set/Home.html Lots of interesting information for the beginner or advanced collector.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cwexonumia/ A Civil War token CWT discussion board.
http://home.comcast.net/~bluitje104189mi/ An informative site with Civil War die photos and much more.
http://www.medalcollectors.org This is the site of the Medal Collectors of America and contains much useful information.