Lovett Tokens & Medals

GEORGE H. LOVETT MERCHANT TOKENS

     Although one of the 19th Century's most prolific producers of tokens and medals, engraving and striking works for any number of individuals, businesses, and organizations as well as producing pieces for sale to the public and being willing to combine dies in seemingly random manner, George H. Lovett produced only one design advertising his business! He combined this with his Cupid and Sea Serpent die, John Bull/Brother Jonathon die, and 'The Antiquary' die to strike the tokens advertising his business at 131 Fulton Street, New York.

 

George H. Lovett Merchant Token - Cupid and Sea Serpent

NY 486, silver, 31mm

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NY 487, brass, 31mm


NY 488, white metal, 31mm


NY 488A, copper, 31mm

     This whimsical Cupid and Sea Serpent design is one of my favorites! SCUST refers to the creature as a "spouting dolphin" but more often you see it describes as a sea serpent. I am not sure of the meaning or significance of this image but it has been used since antiquity. This die is found muled with several others.

 

 

 

Mosaic from the Baths of Caracalla, Rome, A.D. 235

 

 

 

Cupid Drawn by Two Sea Serpents, Michaelangelo Maestri, Italian, d. 1817

Cupid and Sea Serpent Mules

1860 Cupid and Sea Serpent / Pater Patrie Mule
Baker 633A, copper, 28mm

The producer of this piece (George H. or W.H. Key?) cut down the Cupid and Sea Serpent die, added the '1860' and combined it with the obverse die of Baker 94.

 

1860 Cupid and Sea Serpent /Key Store Card Mule
Pa-Ph 186B, white metal, 28mm

 

1860 Cupid and Sea Serpent/E. Hill Storecard Mule

NY 324, white metal, 28mm

(image courtesy of Steve Hayden)

 

George H. Lovett Merchant Token - John Bull and Brother Jonathon Reverse

NY 492, silver, 31mm

(image courtesy of Joe Levine)

 

NY 492A, white metal, 31mm

 

 

NY 492B, brass, 31mm

 

NY 493, copper, 31mm

(image compliments of New England Rarities  )

 

 

We All Have Our Hobbies Token

    Although not technically a merchant token it is placed with George H's other pieces in SCUST and frankly I am not sure where else to put it! It is such a quirky piece and I can imagine George chuckling as he produced it. So many of his customers must have been token and medal collectors and this seems to have been a tribute to them - as well as something he could sell them.

Silver, unlisted, 27.3mm

 

NY 491A, white metal, 28mm

(image courtesy of Steve Hayden)

 

NY 491B, brass, 28mm

 

NY 491C, copper, 28mm

 

German silver (68.85% copper, 21.75% zinc, 9.58% nickle), unlisted, 27.3mm

 

    The Standard Catalog of U.S. Tokens only list this token in white metal, brass, and copper but a silver and German silver example were listed in a Bangs, Merwin & Co. sale of January 19, 1863. The "100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens" by Jaeger and Bowers also does not list the silver or German silver varieties. They give popoulation numbers as follows: white metal - 100 to 200 known, brass - 75 to 125 known, copper - 125 to 250 known.

 

We All Have Our Hobbies / Dedicated To Mules

     F.C. Key of Philadelphia eventually obtained the two dies from the above token and muled them with several of his dies. Some are listed in the Standard Catalog of U.S. Tokens, many are not.

 

We All Have Our Hobbies / Key Store Card Mules

Pa-Ph 182, brass, 28mm

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Pa-Ph 182A, copper, 28mm

 

Pa-Ph 182B, white metal, 28mm

(image compliments of Joe Levine)

From the Presidential Coin and Antique Company Auction

Eighty One catalog concerning these mules:

"According to the cataloger's note in the 3/19 - 20/1862 Bangs

Merwin Auction, only 4 examples each were struck in copper,

brass, and 'tin'.

 

Dedicated To / Key Store Card Mules

Pa-Ph 184, brass, 28mm

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Pa-Ph 184A, copper, 28mm

(on line image)

 

Pa-Ph 184B, white metal, 28mm

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We All Have Our Hobbies / Edwin Forrest Mules

NY 495N, white metal, 28mm

 

Dedicated To / Edwin Forrest Mules

White metal, 28mm

(on line image)


We All Have Our Hobbies / Daniel Webster Mule

NY 495K, brass, 27.9mm


Type of NY 495K, white metal, 28mm

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Dedicated To / Daniel Webster Mule

NY 495J, brass, 28mm

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type of 495J, white metal, 28mm

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We All Have Our Hobbies / Patriae Pater mules

Baker 635, copper, 28mm

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Baker 635a, brass, 28mm

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Baker 635B, white metal, 28mm

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Dedicated To / Patriae Pater mules

Baker 634, silver, 28mm

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Baker 634A, white metal, 28mm

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Baker 634B, copper, 28mm

(on line image)

 

 

 

 

 

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