Auction Closing: August 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Lot Number: 188
Estimate Range: $500 - $600
“Am I Not A Woman & A Sister” 1838 Anti-Slavery Token

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1838-Dated, Anti-Slavery Hard Times Token, “Am I Not A Woman & A Sister.” Copper, Rulau 81. (Low 54). Choice About Uncirculated.

Choice quality Anti-Slavery Token that measures about 1” in diameter and is styled after Josiah Wedgewood’s very popular, “Am I Not a Man and a Brother” Anti-Slavery theme plaque, a design which also appeared on some British tokens issued around 1795. This historic token sought to bring attention to the plight of Slaves, in this instance particularly the Black Women who were being held in bondage in many of the American Southern States. The obverse features a Black Woman down upon one knee, her arms shackled and pleading for humanity. The reverse has “Liberty 1838” within a wreath, with the words, “United States Of America” surrounding. This example is well centered and sharply struck with just faint circulation, its surfaces are hard and smooth with attractive glossy natural medium brown color.