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1863 Aaron White, New Boston, CT Calendar medal / merchant token. Fuld 280A-1b. Brass. MS-65 (NGC). An extremely rare issue, one of the newest entries into the Fuld Civil War token corpus and the only issue from the town of New Boston, Connecticut. This could have easily found its way into the Hibler-Kappen so-called dollar book too, given its size and the presence in the book of another of Aaron White's creations, but apparently neither Hibler nor Kappen ever encountered one. White was considered one of the most eccentric men in eastern Connecticut, an attorney in tiny New Boston in the northeast corner of the state. He came to Connecticut from Rhode Island, where his service as Attorney General to an unpopular governor led to his country exile. He was apparently convinced the Federal government would collapse sooner or later, and thus he hoarded hard money: copper, silver, gold, just anything but paper. His tons of coins, collected when large cents and Spanish silver coins were being pulled from circulation, led him to become something of a numismatist, just as the hobby was exploding in interest. The enormous pile of coins buried in the backyard including enough large cents that they were shoveled into heavy cloth bags for delivery to his brother in New Jersey. This calendar medal remains in beautiful condition, clearly saved by a numismatic colleague of Squire White. Bold reflective lustre remains on golden brassy surfaces, bright and barely mellowed to attractive rose, mint green, and blue tones. The obverse shows a typical calendar medal design, with the peripheral legend showing the dates of "Independence," "Constitution," and "Emancipation." The reverse shows a multiplication table, the date Jan. 1. 1863 with AARON WHITE, NEW BOSTON, CONN and Price 25 CTS. The birth and death dates of Franklin, Washington, Lafayette, and Jefferson surround the central device.

 NGC has graded a specimen of this issue on four occasions, offering the MS-65 grade (as here) three times and the MS-63 grade once. The MS-63, from the Dave Bowers collection, sold in 2010 for $977.50. It's unknown how many different examples received those three MS-65 grades (it could be 1, 2, or 3). Needless to say, this is a very rare item, issued as a Civil War storecard, a calendar medal, and commemorative medal honoring Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Lafayette, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Given that the medal is dated January 1, 1863 (the day the Emancipation Proclamation was announced), this must be considered the first numismatic reference to it. This piece was struck at a unique crossroads in history, and has remained ideally preserved ever since.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS65
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 0000089

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1863 Aaron White, New Boston, CT Calendar medal / merchant token. Fuld 280A-1b. Brass. MS-65 (NGC). An extremely rare issue, one of the newest entries into the Fuld Civil War token corpus and the only issue from the town of New Boston, Connecticut. This could have easily found its way into the Hibler-Kappen so-called dollar book too, given its size and the presence in the book of another of Aaron White's creations, but apparently neither Hibler nor Kappen ever encountered one. White was considered one of the most eccentric men in eastern Connecticut, an attorney in tiny New Boston in the northeast corner of the state. He came to Connecticut from Rhode Island, where his service as Attorney General to an unpopular governor led to his country exile. He was apparently convinced the Federal government would collapse sooner or later, and thus he hoarded hard money: copper, silver, gold, just anything but paper. His tons of coins, collected when large cents and Spanish silver coins were being pulled from circulation, led him to become something of a numismatist, just as the hobby was exploding in interest. The enormous pile of coins buried in the backyard including enough large cents that they were shoveled into heavy cloth bags for delivery to his brother in New Jersey. This calendar medal remains in beautiful condition, clearly saved by a numismatic colleague of Squire White. Bold reflective lustre remains on golden brassy surfaces, bright and barely mellowed to attractive rose, mint green, and blue tones. The obverse shows a typical calendar medal design, with the peripheral legend showing the dates of "Independence," "Constitution," and "Emancipation." The reverse shows a multiplication table, the date Jan. 1. 1863 with AARON WHITE, NEW BOSTON, CONN and Price 25 CTS. The birth and death dates of Franklin, Washington, Lafayette, and Jefferson surround the central device.

 NGC has graded a specimen of this issue on four occasions, offering the MS-65 grade (as here) three times and the MS-63 grade once. The MS-63, from the Dave Bowers collection, sold in 2010 for $977.50. It's unknown how many different examples received those three MS-65 grades (it could be 1, 2, or 3). Needless to say, this is a very rare item, issued as a Civil War storecard, a calendar medal, and commemorative medal honoring Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Lafayette, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Given that the medal is dated January 1, 1863 (the day the Emancipation Proclamation was announced), this must be considered the first numismatic reference to it. This piece was struck at a unique crossroads in history, and has remained ideally preserved ever since.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS65
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 0000089

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