Om the October 2011 issue of The E-Gobrecht, the electronic newsletter of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, Len Augsburger described an 1871 token featuring the Liberty Seated figure on the obverse, purchased from John Kraljevich at the recent Whitman Philadelphia show. With permission, here's an excerpt.
The token was issued in conjunction with the
1871 New York convention of a German-American
singing society. The harp on the reverse is symbolic
of the musical theme, while the legends are in German.
The use of the Liberty Seated figure is interesting
– in this case, she is the symbol not of Liberty,
but of American Liberty in particular.
Seated figure was 35 years old on American coinage
at this time, and by evoking the standard bearer of
American silver money the German immigrant community
acknowledged their new homeland. The token
designer has thus ably incorporated important
themes of the organization – music, Germanic background,
and American Liberty.
While the design is
noteworthy, the execution is not so much - the portrait
of Liberty is somewhat crude while a reverse die
break causes two strings of the harp to join together
(which if you think about it would not make for a
very good sounding harp). The reverse legend reads:
ALLGEMEINES SANGERFEST DES
NORDOST [German Festival Singers of the Northeast]
SANGERBUNDES 12 [probably referring to
the 12th such singing conference]
Thanks to John Baumgart for the photographs of this
Wayne Homren, Editor
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