I've always had a soft spot for Communion tokens. While the American ones are generally quite rare, those from Scotland are plentiful, cheap and make for a fun collection.
Canadian Coin News has published the first of a two-part series on communion tokens by Jesse Robitaille. Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online for much
As a window to the history of Christianity, communion tokens are a highly collectible area of religious exonumia that's beloved by numismatists around the world.
Retired Reverend Angus Sutherland, a long-time member of the National Presbyterian Museum advisory committee, is also a long-time numismatist with an extensive collection of
"There have been references to tokens down through the ages," said Sutherland, who added tokens were used as far back as early Christianity (also known as the "Early Church"),
which includes that religion's origins until the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.
One early example is made of clay and reportedly mixed with shavings from the so-called seventh-century "Procession of the True Cross."
To read the complete article, see:
Communion tokens offer historical insight into Christianity
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