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North American Token 1781

 Date: 1781 
 Mint mark: not apparent 
 Size: medium 
 Description from requester: North american token. Front has woman with harp. Back it has commerce written above a ship. 
 [Request 8186, Friday, 15-Jul-2011, answered by Paul] 
 [Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Wednesday, 08-Aug-2012] 

North American Token 1781 | north token harp ship woman queen commerce tokens toke america female sailboat womans clipper women ladies warship boat boats steamboat Hibernia is the Latin name for the island of Ireland, and a personification of Hibernia, a woman and harp, is often used on old coinage that was minted in Ireland and circulated in the New World. The North American Token is one such coin.

Professional numismatists (coin collectors) believe the 1781 date is bogus, favoring actual mintage in Dublin between 1810 and 1830 and backdated to evade Canadian importation laws. These pieces circulated mostly near the Canadian border.

The Red Book, a popular price guide for US coinage, quotes the following catalog values for North American Tokens:

worn: $55 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $250
well preserved: $625

These are catalog values. Apply the concepts shown on our Important Terminology page to convert them to actual buy and sell values, which will be lower.

The image here is courtesy of Stacks Bowers, and CoinQuest thanks them for use of this photo.

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