Last week Paul Horner asked:
"I have found references to two historical medals/tokens that I cannot locate images or any other information on. Perhaps a reader can help!
"ca. 1832 during the South Carolina nullification crisis: "South Carolina rang with the rebel yell...Then events turned ominous, for medals were struck bearing the inscription: "John C. Calhoun, First President of the Southern Confederacy." pg 14 of Andrew Jackson and the Course of American Democracy 1833-1845 Vol III Robert V. Remini
"Christian Gobrecht "Coin Work... he engraved brass dies for Morocco covers of the Boston Token, also a large eagle with expanded wings for a Philadelphia token." pg 48 The Venus Numismatics Dictionary of Artists...1792-1977 by Francis Pessolano-Filos."
Julia Casey came through with the following research. Thank you!
I started researching the Calhoun medals reference, and from the start, I became suspicious that these medals were a bit of "yellow journalism" by the Washington Globe and never existed, but I couldn't prove that. Now though, I think I found some evidence. The first article is from the Star and Banner, Gettysburg, PA May 14, 1833, and the second is from the Charleston Mercury, June 3, 1833.
Regarding the Gobrecht "large eagle with expanded wings", perhaps this was not a metallic token but the annual publication. The Philadelphia publication was "The Atlantic Souvenir" and I think it was referred to as "The Token" as well - like the Boston one.
Here is the Atlantic Souvenir from 1827 with a "large eagle with expanded wings." Maybe this is what was meant?
Paul Horner writes:
"Please extend my thanks to Julia Casey. I believe that she nailed both of my inquiries exactly! It is amazing how fast and accurately that readers respond to questions of all kinds."
Thanks to both Paul and Julia, for some interesting questions as well as some swift answers.
For more information, see:
The Token and Atlantic Souvenir
The Atlantic Souvenir
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NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: APRIL 30, 2023 : Token and Medal Information Sought
Wayne Homren, Editor
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