Victorian 22k Love Token Pendant, Antique Five Dollar Gold Coin, Personalized Memento Charm, Engraved Name Jack
Victorian 22k Love Token Pendant, Antique Five Dollar Gold Coin, Personalized Memento Charm, Engraved Name Jack
Victorian 22k Love Token Pendant, Antique Five Dollar Gold Coin, Personalized Memento Charm, Engraved Name Jack
Victorian 22k Love Token Pendant, Antique Five Dollar Gold Coin, Personalized Memento Charm, Engraved Name Jack
Victorian 22k Love Token Pendant, Antique Five Dollar Gold Coin, Personalized Memento Charm, Engraved Name Jack

Victorian 22k Love Token Pendant, Antique Five Dollar Gold Coin, Personalized Memento Charm, Engraved Name Jack

Regular price
$1,150.00
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$1,150.00

A rare Victorian love token charm, formally a 19th century five dollar gold coin, engraved with the name "Jack" in an elegant gothic font. The other side remains as minted, with a little understandable wear to the details, featuring the symbolic US Federal eagle, clutching the arrows of justice with wings proudly outstretched. Considering the purchasing power of a five dollar gold coin in the mid-19th century, this was at the time a more extravagant memento than the average sterling silver dime usually used for love tokens. A pair of shoes cost .98 in 1878, a loaf of bread just .21, and the average fireman earned 1.48 a day. Measuring approximately 7/8" in diameter and in excellent condition with some slight dings and scratches that give it an honest antique patina. This particular gold coin is about 91% Gold and 9% Copper, making it about 22k in jewelry terms. The attached bail and jump-ring are 14k. Love token coins have been around since roughly the 17th century. Carved on coins of varying denominations they were a fairly inexpensive way to express sentiment and regard as coins were for the most part readily available and of a size to transform easily into a wearable keepsake. Usually engraved with initials and dates, but sometimes allegorical or decorative images and sentimental mottos, they might also be embellished with enamel and gemstones or cut into unusual shapes. Often on sterling silver liberty seated dimes and with only one side engraved, leaving the other with the original minted image, which is quite helpful when circa dating. During the American Civil War they became an enormously popular memento for departing soldiers to give to girlfriends, wives, sisters, and mothers. This popularity lasted until the end of the 19th century, though some can be found with dates reaching into the early 1910s. ❃ More Necklaces and Pendants: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEdenCollective?section_id=13939717&ref=shopsection_leftnav_3 ❃ We are happy to offer layaway. For details and other policies please read my terms and conditions before purchase: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEdenCollective/policy USA - USPS Priority with tracking, insurance and signature required 2-3 business days Canada - FEDEX w/ tracking & insurance 6-10 business days International - USPS or FEDEX with tracking and insurance 3-6 business days Please convo me for rates and availability of shipping to your location