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    Extremely Rare Non-Die Struck Uniface Storecard

    Blank Reverse "Union & Liberty" Civil War Token. Technically, this is a "blank obverse" error, since the reverse die imparted its design onto the planchet. We have identified the reverse die as 1371, which features the legend UNION & LIBERTY within a wreath. This reverse die was only used to strike three different Civil War tokens--a Boston, Massachusetts store card for Pulmonales cough and cold medicine (Fuld-MA115EA-1a, R.5), and two varieties of the prolific Albany, New York, D.L. Wing series (Fuld-NY10H-9a and 9b). The current offering, as an error, is extremely rare and possibly unique for the issue. Bryon Kanzinger, in his The Civil War Token Collector's Guide (2001), addresses the issue of blank reverse errors: "Non-die struck blank reverse tokens were created in a number of ways. One was a uniface strike--with a die being struck against a hard surface such as an anvil--perhaps for testing purposes. Former Civil War Token Society President, Larry Dziubek, in the Spring 1985 (V19N1) issue of the Copperhead Courier, advances a theory that blank reverses were the result of two blank planchets being stuck together and struck at the same time. In a few cases, a very late stage brockage strike, where the incused image has nearly disappeared, might be the case." For the incentive of financial gain, some have engaged in the practice of filing one side of a common token to simulate a blank reverse error. The piece offered here is undoubtedly genuine, having the tell-tale indicators of wavy surfaces and the ghost image of the reverse design appearing on the empty obverse. A couple of minor postmint depressions are observed on the blank side, but overall this example grades VF. A truly special token that will surely see lively bidding activity.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    September, 2008
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