Reference Material for the Works of Robert Lovett Sr.
If you are collecting the tokens and medals of the Lovetts, or looking for information on
their works, you unfortunately do not have one place to turn. Their works are listed in many different catalogs and publications, and many of their pieces are not listed anywhere. Following is a list of publications and sources I have used in my collecting and research. Some are more useful than others; none are really 'complete' when it comes to any series. As always, please let me know if you are aware of any resources I have left out; I am still discovering places to find information
- Standard Catalog of United States Tokens by Russel Rulau, Krause Publications. This is
probably the most comprehensive resource covering everything from Early American
tokens to the Gay Nineties. Lots of information but also a lot missing.
- American Political Badges And Medalets 1789-1892 by Edmund Sullivan, Quarterman
Publications (a revision of J.Doyle Dewitt's original 1959 publication A Century of
Campaign Buttons 1789-1889). An essential book to have if you are going to collect this
material. It has been out of print for some time and may be difficult to locate a copy.
- Medallic Portraits of Washington by Russell Rulau and George Fuld, Krause Publications.
William S. Bakers original book of this title appeared in 1885 so it probably is not fair
to simply call this a revised edition. Definitely a must-have book.
- The Medals of Franklin, A Catalog of Medals, Tokens, Medallions, and Plaques Issued In
Honor of Franklin by Phil W. Greenslet, Token and Medal Society, Inc.. A nice addition to
an exonumismatist's library but not essential. All but two pieces (Rochester Mechanics
Award medal and Joseph Wharton medal) can be found in other references.
-American Numismatics Before the Civil War 1760-1860, Emphasizing the story of Augustus
B. Sage by Q. David Bowers, 1998, Bowers and Merena Galleries. A must have for the
Lovett collector. George H. Lovett produced a large body of work for Sage and Mr. Bowers
is exaustive in his cataloging of these.
-Numismatics of Massachusetts by Malcom Storer, 1981, Quarterman Publications, Inc.. An
extensive listing of tokens and medals pertaining to Massachusetts but few illustrations
and little information on the items. Several items by the Lovetts are listed but not
attributed to them. Most pieces are listed elsewhere except for the Worcester Continental
medals and he does not have all the varieties listed.
-Medals Of The United States Mint, The First Century 1792 - 1892 by R.W. Julian, 1977, The
Token and medal Society. A beautuful large format book with several Lovett medals listed
but I am not sure of the accuracy of several listings.
-Alfred S. Robinson - Hartford Numismatist by J. Doyle DeWitt, 1968, Connecticut Historical
Society. A small 28 page pamphlet full of essential information on the works of George H.
and Robert Jr. many of them listed nowhere else.
-So-Called Dollars by Harold E. Hibler and Charles V. Kappen, 1963, The Coin and Currency
Institute. A few Lovett pieces listed not found in any other reference.
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