Civil War - Suttler Tokens

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  1. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot Supporter

    I have been researching these for my job and I thought that the crowd at CT would enjoy them as well.

    Please comment if you have any knowledge to share on these as well:

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  3. mikenoodle

    mikenoodle The Village Idiot Supporter

    And one last token:

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  4. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Wow ! Cool Tokens . That was a lot of money back in those days for a denomination . ;)
  5. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    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.

    Benton Sutler All.jpg

    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."

    Harvey Lewis All.jpg

    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.

    Pearl Sutler All.jpg

    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.

    Zouave All.jpg
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  6. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Supporter! Supporter

    Picked this one from a junk coin bin from a closed Florida LCS
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  7. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    My thought exactly, but you beat me to it.

    A lot of money back then
  8. Steven Shaw

    Steven Shaw Active Member

    50c back then is worth about $10 today
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