Thomas Church / Canadian Numismatist

Started by brandm24, March 03, 2021, 01:56:21 PM

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brandm24

Here's an interesting personal token issued by Canadian numismatist Thomas Church. Church was a founding member of the Otawa Numismatic Society in 1891. Apparently, the token dates to the 1890's according to references quoted by the seller.

Interestingly, it seems to be overstruck on another coin or token. At 5 O'clock to the right of the crossed maple leaves there's the remainder of an undertype. It looks like "76" to me. I can't make out any more elsewhere on the planchet. Does anyone have any ideas?

Unfortunately, the diameter and weight aren't listed.

Bruce

Images courtesy of eBay (stevehayden)
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eurocoin

I read that Church did indeed strike over existing coins or tokens. The design details you mention are part of the die though. I guess they got worn over time. They form the date 1894. See for example the variant below.




brandm24

I see the 94 now. The example you show is clearer and includes denticles that don't show on "mine." The dies doesn't exhibit the best workmanship. Do you know who struck the tokens by chance?

Thanks for the info, eurocoin.

Bruce
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eurocoin

Mr Thomas Church struck the tokens himself with self-made dies. In the beginning they were crude but later he was apparently able to make professional medals. More information about him and his medals can be found here.