Lovett Tokens & Medals

ARMY HEADQUARTERS DURING THE REVOLUTION

 

Valley Forge

First Obverse

Baker 175, silver, 32mm

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Baker 175A, copper, 32mm

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Baker 175B, bronze, 32mm

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Baker 175C, brass, 32mm

Baker 175D, gilt, 32mm

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Baker 175E, white metal, 31.6mm

 

Unlisted Valley Forge / Tappan Mule

Baker 175 reverse / Baker 178 reverse, copper, 32mm

(image courtesy of John Kraljevich)

 

Tappan 

Washinton's Headquarters at Tappan - First Obverse

Baker 178D, white metal, 32mm

(image courtesy of John Kraljevich)

 

Washinton's Headquarters at Tappan - Second Obverse

Baker 179, silver, 32mm

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Baker 179A, copper, 32mm

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Washington's Headquarters, Tappan / Rockland County

Baker 180, bronze, 34.3mm

(image courtesy of John Kraljevich)

 

Baker 180A, white metal, 34.3mm

     This medal and the white metal Major Andre medal (see misc. Historical Figures page) were part of a set that contained the letter pictured below. The letter from Mr. Henry Whittemore, Secretary of the Rockland County Historical Society and the Andre Memorial Centennial, to Mary L. Bowman thanks her for letters she sent to him and says he is enclosing  "a medal with a sketch of the old Dutch Church where Andre was tried also a medal of the Washington Headquarters". Also included was an envelope with a note that the letter and medals were enclosed.

Baker 180B, silver, 34.3mm

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Newburg

 

The Old Hasbrook House, Newburg, N.Y. - First Obverse

Baker 181, silver, 32mm

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Baker 181A, copper, 32mm

 

Baker 181B, brass, 32mm

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Baker 181C, white metal, 32mm

 

The Old Hasbrook House, Newburg, N.Y. - Third Obverse

Baker 183, unlisted in white metal, 32mm

 

Baker  Unlisted Newburg / Valley Forge Mule

Copper, 32mm

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Brass, 32mm

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White metal

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Silver - 99.96%, 32mm


These pieces are a muling of the obverses of Sage's Historical Tokens 8 and 11. They are not listed in Baker but in Bower's book on Sage he notes that possibly three to five "sets" were struck. A note under the silver example calls it possibly unique.

 

George H. Lovett's Headquarters Series

  

     Sometime in the 1860's George H. produced a series of 10 dies depicting various locations for George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War. He combined these with three different obverse dies producing what is essentially three different sets. The obverse dies are similar in design, with a uniformed Washington bust in the center, and three different ornamental borders. All three obverse dies are found combined with other dies.

First Obverse

      This obverse is described as a border of shields and spears. Baker list the series as having been produced in silver and copper. Each combination is given a different attribution number (Baker 184 through 193).

Harlem, N.Y., No. 1, Baker 184, silver, 28mm

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Harlem, N.Y., No. 1, Baker 184A, copper, 27.7mm

 

White Plains, N.Y., No. 2, Baker 185, silver, 28mm

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White Plains, N.Y., No. 2, Baker 185A, copper, 28mm

(images courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

 

Chad's Ford, Pa., No. 3, Baker 186, silver, 28mm

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Chad's Ford, N.Y., No. 3, Baker 186A, copper, 28mm

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White Marsh, Pa., No. 4, Baker 187, silver, 27.7mm

 

White Marsh, Pa., No. 4, Baker 187A, copper, 28mm

(images courtesy of Stacks Bowers)

 

Valley Forge, Pa., No. 5, Baker 188, silver, 28mm

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Valley Forge, Pa., No. 5, Baker 188A, copper, 28mm

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Tappan, N.Y., No. 6, Baker 189, silver, 28mm

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Tappan, N.Y., No. 6, Baker 189A, copper, 28mm

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Morristown, N.J., No. 7, Baker 190, silver, 28mm

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Morristown , N.J., No. 7, Baker 190A, copper, 28mm

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Sufferns, N.Y., No. 8, Baker 191, silver, 27.7mm

 

Sufferns, N.Y., No. 8, Baker 191A, copper, 28mm

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Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., No. 9, Baker 192, silver, 27.7mm

 

Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., No. 9, Baker 192A, copper, 28mm

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Newburg, N.Y., No. 10, Baker 193, silver, 28mm

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Newburg N.Y., No. 10, Baker 193A, copper, 28mm

 

Second Obverse

      This obverse is described as a border of semicircles and stars; all are numbered as Baker 194 in the catalog and when they are described they are usually listed with a number after the 194 (as below). Baker list silver, copper, and brass as having been produced

 

Second Obverse in silver, Baker 195 1 thru 10, 28mm

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     These are listed as rarity 9 in Baker (2 to 4 known) but I have not seen any appearances of one of these.

Harlem, N.Y., No. 1, Baker 194A 1, copper, 27.7mm

 

White Plains, N.Y., No. 2, Baker 194A 2, copper, 28mm

 

Chad's Ford, Pa., No. 3, Baker 194A 3, copper, 28mm

 

Whitemarsh, Pa., No. 4, Baker 194A 4, copper, 28mm

Valley Forge, Pa, No. 5, Baker 194A 5, copper, 28mm

 

Tappan, N.Y., No. 6, Baker 194A 6, copper, 27.7mm

 

Morristown, N.J., No. 7, Baker 194A 7, copper, 27.7mm

 

Sufferns, N.Y., No. 8, Baker 194A 8, copper, 27.7mm

 

Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., No. 9, Baker 194A 9, copper, 28mm

 

Newburg, N.Y., No.10, Baker 194A 10, copper, 28mm

 

Second Obverse in brass, Baker 194B 1 thru 10, 28mm

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      There is no rarity rating for this metal but it appears to be nearly as scarce as the silver. I have one auction appearance of a full set in brass in the Bowers and Merena auction of the Stewart Witham Collection from 1992. I have seen no others.

 

Whitemarsh, Pa, No. 4, Baker 194C 4, white metal, 28mm

      What is this? There is no listing of these having been struck in white metal but here it is. It appears to be a legitimately struck piece and is the only one I have seen for any in the series.

 

Second and Third Obverse Mulings

Copper, unlisted in Baker, 27.7mm

 

White metal, unlisted in Baker, 27.7mm

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      These mulings are very scarce, if not unique. I have several listings of the copper example but they may be the same piece. One white metal piece appeared in a PCAC Auction in 2011. Another case of George H. simply creating rarities for collectors?

 

1965 Newburg Coin Club Convention Tokens, copper, 29mm


    These tokens produced for the club's 1965 coin convention utilize the designs from George H's Headquarters at Newburg, second obverse token. Close examination shows it is a very well executed design and I wonder if they did not have access to the original dies. Or maybe an electrotype.

 

1969 Newburgh Convention Token, white metal?, 39mm

        This token, which I assumed was produced for a coin show/convention in 1969, utilizes the image from the reverse of Baker 194A 10.

 

Third Obverse

      This die is described as a border of shields and stars. As with the second obverse all the different combinations are designated with Baker 195. Silver, copper, and white metal are listed.

Sufferns, N.Y., No. 8, Baker 195B 8, white metal, 28mm

 

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