Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by mikenoodle, Jul 22, 2021.
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Not as much as you might think. The sutlers were in a high risk, high priced business for the time. Often the sutler would end up with most of a soldier's monthly pay, and some of them were in hock all the time. It was noted that some officers approved when the men had "sutler raids" to even the score.
All sutler tokens are scarce to rare. If you want to get into them, be prepared with a nice big checkbook. The Massachusetts Harvey Lewis pieces are among the most common.
I bought a sold a number of them when I was dealer. Here are a few I have left.
Joseph Merriam, who made the Harvey Lewis pieces, had a neat way to use the same die for each nomination. The "50" in the center of the reverse can be pulled out and replaced by another number, like "10" or "25."
This Massachusetts sutler issued a super simple token. I am guess this might be one dollar. It makes no sense to issue a one cent token.
I kept this one because the reference to the Zouaves who wore colorful uniforms with baggy pants. Cincinnati die sinker, John Stanton, branded this one on the reverse.
Sold it last winter
My thought exactly, but you beat me to it.
A lot of money back then
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