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    1861 Confederate Dime-Sized Token, VG Details
    Possibly Unique

    1861-Dated "Confederate Dime," -- Holed -- NGC Details. VG. Silver, 18 mm. Unlisted in DeWitt-Sullivan. Incorrectly called a "Confederate Half Dime" in the 2001 Bowers and Merena catalog, and in the 2010 Stack's catalog. This piece is the size of a dime, and should be given that nomenclature. Although the designs are different from the smaller A United South tokens, this piece is likely by the same maker, A.O.H.P. Sehorn, and was probably produced during the Civil War. This piece depicts tobacco plants on the obverse with the date, 1861, and 15 stars around, and shows a cotton plant on the reverse. The presence of 15 stars alludes to an early Civil War era production. Holed at 12 o'clock, this example has grayish-gold toning on both sides with a small area of darker toning on the obverse. These small silver tokens are not official issues of the Confederacy, but were manufactured privately at a time when small silver coins were in short supply.
    Ex: Bowers and Merena (11/2001), lot 5396; Americana Sale (Stack's, 1/2010), lot 3763.


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    January, 2017
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