Mother - Sterling Love Token
Mother - Sterling Love Token

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Details: A lost art-form, love tokens have been made from coins for centuries. The commoner's engagement ring, a man would scrimp and save for the best coin he could afford (typically a silver dime), sand down one side and then etch his lover's name on the blank half. Presented to his betrothed, she would wear it as jewelry or sew it to the inner lining of her bodice, close to her heart.

This particular love token was engraved on the reverse of an 1861 Seated Liberty Silver Dime. Can be worn double sided, it is 15mm in diameter and reads "Mother" in hand etched script. An exceedingly rare example, it is half of a matching set commissioned as a Victorian "push present" - a gift to a wife for the birth of their (probably first) child.

A neat aside, note that this coin is a bit smaller than the other Seated Liberty Silver Dimes; during 1861 to 1865, the American Civil War required less silver to be minted into coins and more reserved for military use! Isn't history grand...

The perfect gift for any mother, this petite charm hangs from a delicate yet durable sterling cable chain with spring ring clasp.

*This is a sterling silver cast replica of a one-of-a-kind original from 1861 - an important part of accessory history, it an early example of personalized charms and engagement jewelry for the non-noble class.

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