A Couple of New Purchase
Bought these two coins at an Antique Mall in Hagerstown, Md. My first stamped coppers. The seller had them listed as Love Tokens, but I'm not so sure.
This first one is undated and has 3 letters stamped on to the obverse which appear to be "F D R". The "R" actually distorts the coin.
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This second one is dated 1854 and has an "N" stamp on to the obverse with 3 rings. It has an "R" stamped on to the reverse. The right side of the "N" is tripled as are the rings/circles. Should probably be a single circle after the "N".
Obv 496 x 500.jpgRev 500 x 498.jpg
Maybe they are Love Tokens with someone's initials?
These two pieces suggest to me that they were simply used to test punches. Usually, some degree of care is taken, with regard to the placement and alignment of punches, when a love token is produced. I see no such effort having been made with these two specimens. Just my two cents worth ......
Thanks. I hadn't thought of that and that does make sense.