Posted 6 years ago
As you can read on CW, search "love tokens" and read the articel, love tokens are coins that have been smoothed and engraved on one side or both, to express a feeling or to memorialize something or someone. You can see tokens with overlapping initials and later (turn-of-the-century) love tokens that has more linear monogram-style initials.
I recently bought this silver brooch that is made of 9 love tokens joined together. I´m new to love tokens but after searching for information I think brooches are quite rare. The coins are silver coins and from the back side of them I can tell they were made between 1872-1905 as they have the motto of Swedish king Oscar II which in latin is "salus populorum fraternorum" (on the coins written in swedish) that was used during the time when he was also king of Norway and there was a union between Norway and Sweden. After the union was dissolved he had to shange the motto. After searching for information about the coins I can narrow the time down to about 1881 for the larger centercoin and for the smaller coins to before 1895.
I think the two tokens with the initials were made first and are probably the initials of a mother and father and the other ones with names are the childrens names. I´m thinking maybe this was given to a dear mother as a gift at the time the children where leaving the home? Probably this brooch was made somewhere between 1894-1920´s, concidering the dating of the coins, the c-clasp and the tubehinge and the popularity of these love tokens during that time. The full first names on the smaller coins might indicate it was made at the turn of the century.
I put this under "World Coins"/"love tokens" but it shows as US Coins. Sorry about that, don´t know why.
There are two tokens I can´t identify as names, maybe a CW friend has some ideas about what they mean?