Union Forever 1863 Token - Monitor 1853

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  1. OddityNZ

    OddityNZ Member

    Hey guys,

    I need some help identifying this coin, well more specifically I know what this token is.

    Depecting the Monitor Armored warship on the IHC however is this a reproduction as it looks to have grease strike markings, unsure on this.

    Size and weight 1.8cm and 2.29 grams

    Any thoughts are appreciated.

    Kind regards.

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  3. GH#75

    GH#75 Well-Known Member

    I don't know what it is, but it sure looks cool!
  4. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

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  5. Magnus87

    Magnus87 Supporter! Supporter

    Civil War Token, F180/341 (from the David Bowers book on CWT’s). Nice coin.
  6. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Yes sir. I happen to have an interest in Civil War tokens and yours is a beaut!
  7. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    I'll have to check mine
    but for reference
    1863 & 1864 USS Monitor tokens
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  8. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    Monitor F240  341A  obv.jpg monitor F240  341A  rev.jpg I think a lot of these don't have a great strike. On mine, the turret looks like a fancy teapot.
  9. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    If memory serves, there are 5 varieties of Monitor CWT. Fascinating little "cheesebox on a raft". If you haven't read the story of its isanely rushed 90-day build and the race to get it to Hampton Roads, I highly recommend doing some research.

    As far as I know, none of the Pook Turtles were featured on any CWTs, although the USS Cairo does appear on the Vicksburg ATB quarters and hockey pucks:
  10. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    The are five obverse Monitor varieties listed with the Civil War tokens there are a few others that are not listed as Civil War tokens. Here are the five varieties with their Fuld numbers.

    Fuld 237 Common variety

    237 423 Mon O.jpg

    Fuld 238. Henry Higgins, who made the Indiana primitives probably used a Fuld 237 token to make his copy which Fuld 238. These pieces are scarce.

    238 402 b Mon O.jpg

    Fuld 239 Common Variety

    239 422 Mon O.jpg

    Fuld 240 This token was struck witht a rusty die.

    240 337 Mon O.jpg

    Fuld 241 Common Variety

    241 336 Mon O.jpg

    These obverses were paired with a number of reverses. They were also struck in various metals. Copper and brass are the most common.

    Here is Monitor battle token that is believed to have been struck during the Civil War.

    Monitor battle O.jpg

    Monitor battle R.jpg
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