Tony Terranova forwarded the above images (crudely edited by me) of an 1846-dated token with an eagle of a similar style to that on the "Let the E[a]gle Fly"
piece (right) that Dave Bowers asked about in our August 4, 2019 issue.
Tony had no other information on his piece. In a multiparty email exchange the following week several facts and theories surfaced and Dave continued compiling notes for his
research. He also purchased the piece from Tony, who delivered it to Dave at the recent ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont. Dave released a summary of the work to date and
a call for further information in an August 22, 2019 Stack's Bowers blog article. -Editor
Several weeks ago I invited readers to contact me about a curious token that has puzzled me and others for a long time. The inscription reads: LET THE EGLE FLY / J.S.G.S.L.C.O.
The reverse shows an eagle vertically, without legs or talons, with a shield on its breast. Seven stars are above. Below the eagle are seven stars, the date 1846, and 2 more
Douglas Nyholm, well-known Salt Lake City numismatist and author, has checked with historians at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and has found that there is no
official connection between this token and the church. That eliminated one avenue of research. Robert D. Leonard. Jr. (Bob) has given me valuable ideas and pedigrees of known
examples. This information reduces my earlier estimate of more than a dozen known to just a handful. William Hyder directed me to the sun stones of Nauvoo with a design similar to
the face of the token. Dr. J.M. Galst also shared information.
This led me to learn of two related varieties, one of which has a Liberty Head on the obverse (the design of the 1795-1807 $5 gold coin) with 11 stars and the date 1846, and
with an eagle reverse similar to the foregoing, but with the stars differently arranged and without the date 1846.
If any readers of this blog own any of these tokens or have images of them to share, e-mail me. Bob Leonard and I will add them to the present censuses. I will be gathering
more information in coming weeks that may lead to a small book on these tokens and various Mormon notes and coins.
Dave can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Numismatic research takes time. It will be interesting to see where this leads and as always, we'll look forward to Dave's next book. -Editor
To read the complete blog article, see:
Revisiting the Enigmatic "Let the Egle Fly" Token
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: TWO ENIGMATIC TOKEN INSCRIPTIONS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n31a13.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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