CONA November 2015 Newsletter

November Meeting

When: 7 p.m., November 18,2015
Where: Oakstone Academy
939 S State St., Westerville, Ohio 43081
Topic: Columbus Civil War Tokens
Speaker:John Roberts

November Presentation

With the outbreak of the Civil War, small change began to disappear from circulation. This made daily trade difficult. Several expedient solutions were used to fill the void. One was the brief issuance of privately minted merchant’s tokens. Stores in a number of cities and towns commissioned small cent sized tokens. Columbus had nine merchants that released pieces of this nature during the Civil War. There were a handful of manufacturers that produced these pieces and in addition to the store card die that identified the merchant, an array of stock reverse dies were also used. 29 distinct reverse dies were used to produce the Columbus tokens, and some of their differences are subtle while others are obvious. As the correct identification of any Columbus token depends on understanding which exact reverse die is present, a study will aid the interested collector. – John Roberts

October Presentation

Udo gave a tremendous presentation on challenge coins. Challenge coins, by some accounts, date back to World War I.

Now they’re sold as souvenirs or given as personal mementos. Bill Clinton was the first president to have a challenge coin. Dick Chaney was the first vice president to have one. White House military aides, the guys who carry the nuclear code football, give out challenge coins shaped like a football, Udo said.

Blast from the past

An April 4, 1863, article from The Ohio Statesman takes an unkind look at a Camp Chase sutler. The creep, the newspaper article says, lined his pockets with the hard-earned money of soldiers through the blessings of the “fat droppings of government patronage.”

November Newsletter CONA

By: Gerry Tebben

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