Good Question and Good Answers:
Seems to me that a question recently asked in the Conder Token Discussion Group at Yahoo
by a new collector about ways to organize a Conder collection and the answers provided might be of use to many people who aren't members of the discussion group. The question and the answers from the group are provided below.
I am new to the world of Conders and I was wondering if some of you would share your insights as to ways to organize a collection of Conders. At the start I was going to do a particular county, but then I didn't like missing out on so many others I liked. :-)
TY for any and ALL suggestions. dw
For my money there is only 1 method. Buy a copy of Dalton and Hamer and then use the contents/index system. The D&H codes work very nicely and are universally recognized. m
There are many different ways you can collect them. I started just doing one per English county. You could do all from one town, all from one county, all from one manufacturer, all from one engraver, one from each manufacturer or engraver, you could do them on a topical basis (I know a gentleman whose family traced back to the woolen industry, so he collects tokens that show a hanging fleece.). You could collect the anonymous general circulation issues, the Genuine Trade Tokens that were issued by merchants specifically to be used for circulation (most of which have some information about the merchant so a person would know who issued it and where it could be redeemed.). You could collect the issues that were made specifically for sale to collectors. There are also private tokens that were made for collectors specifically to be used to trade with other collectors. And then of course you could just collect the counterfeit issues . And then of course there are still the other country issues. (Wales, Ireland, Scotland.)
I finally settled of the Genuine Trade Tokens, there are 654 varieties not including edge varieties. (As listed in Waters' Notes on 18th century tokens.) I also collect The Skidmore Churches and Gates series that was made for sale to collectors. Those are my two basic collections, but it doesn't keep me from buying other nice tokens that I happen to come across. Michael Schmidt
The best advice I received about collecting Conders was from Jerry Bobbe who said "Collect what you like". Joining the CTCC will expose you to collecting ideas and put you in contact with hundreds of other collectors and dealers. Good luck and happy collecting. Mike
The discussion group at Yahoo can be found here
, information on and prices for Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century
by Dalton and Hamer as well as Notes on 18th Century Tokens
by Waters can be found on the bibliography page
of this site, and further information on CTCC can be found at the club's web site
July 05, 2006
Spence Collection at Dix Noonan Webb:
On 11 July DNW
will be selling the third and final part of the important collection of 18th century trade tokens formed by the late Dr David L. Spence, covering Wales, Scotland and Ireland, together with the Spence numismatic library, miscellaneous tokens from other properties.
July 04, 2006
Dr. Richard Doty Reference Collection - Copper Corner List #45:
Bill McKivor of The Copper Corner
has sent out List #45
for July 2006 offering the extensive token collection formed by Dr. Richard Doty, Curator of the National Money Collection at the Smithsonian Museum, the first elected president of the CTCC, and author of numerous numismatic articles and books including "The Soho Mint and the Industrialization of Money
". In addition to the Doty collection this lastest list from Copper Corner also contains 17th Century tokens, Unofficial Farthings, 19th Century tokens, Silver tokens from 1811-1813, reference books for token collectors, Hard Times tokens, Civil War cents, Medals and more. If you're not getting Bill's lists sent directly to you, you should be. Bill can be reached at Copperman@thecoppercorner.com .