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    1861 Confederate Silver Token, XF Details
    A United South
    Contemporary to the Civil War

    1861-Dated "Confederate Half Dime," A United South, DeWitt-Sullivan C-1861-2 -- Holed -- NGC Details. XF. Silver, 13 mm. These important silver tokens deserve their rightful place as contemporary silver tokens of the Confederacy as they were known as early as 1862. These diminutive pieces were the creation of Alfred Oliver Hazard Perry Sehorn (1818-1879) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The obverse features a flag with 14 stars, the phrase A UNITED SOUTH above, and the date 1861 below. The reverse depicts a cotton plant and 15 stars.

    Authors DeWitt and Sullivan suggest the early Civil War era production: "Undoubtedly it was struck in the early days of the Confederacy when its leaders hoped to bring no less than fifteen states into the Confederacy under a cotton economy."

    Only about eight to 12 examples are known, and nearly all are holed as here and in the next lot. The Ford (lot 332) example that we sold in January, and the Partrick piece that we sold in January 2015, are the only two we know of without holes. This piece is nicely detailed, exhibiting slate-gray surfaces and trivial marks. The design motifs are sharper than usually encountered.
    Ex: John J. Ford, Jr. Collection (Stack's, 10/2003), lot 333.


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    July, 2017
    6th-9th Thursday-Sunday
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