Doug Nyholm edits the UNS Mint Master for the Utah Numismatic Society. In the March 2022 issue, he mentioned a book about Civil War Tokens by dealer Buck Burgess. With permission, we're republishing his note here. Thanks!
At our recent coin show I purchased a book about Civil War Tokens from Buck Burgess, who is a regular dealer at our Utah coins shows. This book is based on his personal collection and very well documented with a great deal of this personal research. There are a number of references available about Civil War Tokens including Fuld's massive
US Civil War Store Cards and Patriotic Civil War Store Cards and
Patriotic Civil War Tokens edited by Susan Trask. This book however, documents the author's personal collection and does not cover everything but I found it to be very useful and interesting for anyone desiring a basic set, or beginning to collect these historic tokens.
The author states that Civil War Tokens are divided into three categories, Patriotic Store Card, Sutler tokens, of which over 1,500 merchants had tokens made for them, and finally Patriotic tokens which were struck from over 1,500 dies. Collecting these pieces in order to assemble a complete set is therefore impossible. His collection is comprised of hundreds of different types each having a full page dedicated to it. Also included is historical notes, numismatic comments, and images including full color oversize images of the token itself.
I have included a typical page after this review. The book is priced at $25, coil bound, and consists of 170 pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is available directly from the author at
, or this next time you see him at a local coin show.
I contacted Buck about shipping fees and the other books in his series.
Here's his response.
Shipping is extra, so it depends on where I ship. I ship book rate so it may take 10 to 14 days unless otherwise requested.
I have five series catalogs - all at $25.00. I call them "Personal Catalogs".
Political part 1 (Presidential election 1788-1896)
Hard Times Tokens
Civil War Tokens.
Every coin and token pictured is from my collection.
Before I'm through, I (God willing) will have 9 catalogs.
To more information, or to order, contact Buck at
Wayne Homren, Editor
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