Klan token

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Christopher290, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. Christopher290

    Christopher290 Active Member

    I came across in a group of coins a coin from the Ku Klux Klan. the coin is marked 1866 in the middle, but due to that being when the Klan was founded, i have my very strong doubts that it is when this coin is from. it is marked with “one country, one flag, one language”. Can anyone help me with not only the value of this coin, but the history of it?
     

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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Disgusting. And on of all days no less.
     
  4. Christopher290

    Christopher290 Active Member

    It being timed on today is purely coincidence. it is a day off from work, and as i’ve been busy all weekend, today is the first day i’ve been able to find time for this. just because it is in my possession does not mean that I agree with the nature of it, but please remember that it is history no matter if we like it or not. As a collector of many types of coins and tokens, i’m just wondering what year it might be from, and the value of it.
     
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  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    The only value it has is as a piece of history to hopefully teach people to learn from the past. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be working.
     
  6. Christopher290

    Christopher290 Active Member

    would this be a piece to give to a museum? this is why i’m asking, as i genuinely have no clue what to do with it.
     
  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Honestly not sure if most would take it. Probably depends on how they curate their collections.
     
  8. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Take a hammer to it.
     
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  9. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

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  10. Christopher290

    Christopher290 Active Member

    destroying history makes us repeat it. i feel like that is extremely closed minded
     
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  12. Christopher290

    Christopher290 Active Member

    thank you for being an actual response to my question. i’ve seen this coin, but i can’t find anything about the one that i have. pieces of history like this have always intrigued me.
     
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  14. Pickin and Grinin

    Pickin and Grinin Well-Known Member

    Destroying a token that embraced their ideology is not gonna make us repeat history, It leaves it in the past where it should die, and be buried. Not regurgitated even for enlightenment.
     
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  15. TylerH

    TylerH Well-Known Member

    Maybe a civil rights history museum would be interested ?
     
  16. furham

    furham Good Ole Boy

    I suppose none of you guys own anything with Washington (slave owner), Jefferson (slave owner), Jackson (trail of tears) or Roosevelt (signed executive order #9066 authorizing the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry.)
     
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  17. J.T. Parker

    J.T. Parker Active Member

    WOW!...radioactive subject, ya Think?
    Coin Talk article's final paragraph pretty much sez it all:
    "So it is not hard to see why Stone Mountain became a shrine to Klansmen throughout the U.S.. Many members of the Confederate army and the original KKK were inextricably connected. However difficult it might be for present-day collectors to accept, historically it is almost impossible to separate the Klan from the concept, funding and creation of the Confederate memorial at Stone Mountain and its commemorative coin."
    Unfortunately, Taste is indisputable,
    J.T.
     
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  18. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    I am sorry, but I have a HUGE issue with anyone in this hobby advocating destroying an item. History is history. The item DID NOT DO IT. A silver coin with a Nazi symbol DID NOT do any negative things the Nazis did. I have a coin of Ghengis Khan. Should THAT be destroyed because he killed entire populations of cities who resisted him? The COIN did not do that, the man who is dead did that.

    Anyone advocating destroying any object just because of what what someone did is no more than old fashioned book burners. No OBJECT performed the acts you despise, just like no book wrote itself. Objects are objects. They should be preserved and used for education.

    If the OP had posted this item and praised its message, then I could see why people would get riled up, just like if I posted a Ghengis Khan coin and advocated treating people today like he did. The OP didn't. He posted an object about a group of people with despicable opinions, and I think today is a fine day to show what some people think and how they were wrong, and how MLK helped the country overcome such nonsense.
     
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  19. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    While I agree that all of those things were awful, I don't think any of them, with the exception of Jackson probably, existed for the sole purpose of "racial supremacy". But what do I know... I'm not a "Good Ole Boy" :rolleyes:
     
  20. J.T. Parker

    J.T. Parker Active Member

    Living in Texas we still have populations of Real Native Americans. You may find this factoid interesting: almost to a man (or women) they will not accept an 'Ol' Hickory' $20 Bill in trade.
    IMHO, That's perfectly understandable.
    Really OLD good ol' boy,
    J.T.
     
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  21. ewomack

    ewomack Senior Member Supporter

    I wouldn't be surprised if the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in Big Rapids, Michigan already has a few of these tokens. Their tagline is "Using Objects of Intolerance to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice." You could check with them on donations, but, as their homepage says, it sounds like donations of material have really increased recently.
     
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