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S. D. Childs & Co. Chicago Die Sinker

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edited November 8, 2019 6:18PM in U.S. Coin Forum

Taken from David E Schenkman
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**Acknowledgments
Thanks to former ANA Library Manager Amanda Harvey for her research assistance, as well as to Dave Bowers, Donald Erlenkotter, Rich Hall and Bob Leonard **

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Schubal Davis Childs......The business was started in 1837 by Schubal Davis Childs and continued by his son S.D. Childs, Jr. ... The firm remained in business well into the twentieth century.
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The Presidential campaign of 1860 certainly brought them to the fore. Of the 76 varieties of Abraham Lincoln political medalets listed by J. Doyle Dewitt in his Century of Campaign Buttons, 1789- 1889, seven were struck by Childs. The company produced only one campaign medalet for Stephen Douglas and none for the other two candidates, John Bell and John Breckinridge. This might seem odd, except for the fact that the 1860 Republican National Convention, where Lincoln was nominated for President, was held in Chicago.
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When William Jennings Bryan ran for President in 1896 and 1900, numerous anti-Bryan satirical medals—referred to collectively as Bryan Money— were circulated. Typically, these large pieces were crudely made of lead or type metal (an alloy of tin, lead and antimony). One of them, listed by Fred Schornstein as number 323 in Bryan Money, is Childs’ creation. The interesting wording around the reverse rim of the 45mm-diameter, 5mm-thick medal is MADE BY S.D. CHILDS & CO. CHICAGO WHO MAKE ANYTHING IN METAL.
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In 1898 Childs was awarded a contract to produce the official medal for the 1898 Trans- Mississippi & International Exposition in Omaha, Nebraska. This beautiful 63.5mm medal was evidently struck in large numbers, as it is fairly easy to obtain today. Childs cut a copy of the obverse design and offered to strike 37mm medals for companies that won awards at the event, using that die for one side and one advertising the customer’s business for the other. S.D. Childs & Company struck a medal with this die to advertise its own services, proudly proclaiming on the other side, MAKERS OF THE OFFICIAL MEDAL OF AWARD.
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Nearly all known schedule tokens from the teens and early 1920s were struck by Childs. The schedule sides bear a very distinctive design that resembles the stitching on a baseball, and they are signed CHILDS CHICAGO in small letters. All of the known schedules Childs struck for other merchants were on 38mm, brass planchets. Oddly enough, one of the two tokens advertising Childs’ own business was aluminum.
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Childs Firm Sold at Auction
The S.D. Childs Company after 101 years in business was sold at auction recently. Alden Boyar was the only collector present and he obtained several items. The bulk of the medal collection, however, was to a party who placed an unlimited bid with the auctioneers. Mr. Boyar tells of buying an old desk (made around 1860) for a dollar and finding four silver dollars in it. Mr. Boyar obtained many name plates for old makes of bicycles and automobiles, as well as several hundred metallic items. The four coining presses were unsold. The Childs firm, during their long business life, struck thousands of medals, etc. They manufactured most of the Civil War Cents and Cards issued in the vicinity of Chicago.
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Just one of many medals and tokens that was struck by Childs
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Taken From Ralau's book

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  • thisistheshowthisistheshow Posts: 2,664 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Those are really nice.
    Very interesting. I had never seen these before.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • rickoricko Posts: 75,453 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for the history and pictures.....very interesting. Cheers, RickO

  • BroadstruckBroadstruck Posts: 29,463 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 9, 2019 12:39PM

    Kids in school used to call him Schubal Dubal Doo :*

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  • kazkaz Posts: 7,539 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 9, 2019 1:11PM

    from the spelling in Rulau's book, I think Shubael is an anagram of "Beulah's" (after his mother).
    Nice post and history.

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 3,982 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the info. I need to watch for a cwt or store card minted by them. Peace Roy

  • DCWDCW Posts: 4,602 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This must be the same Childs Manufacturing Co that produced so many Storecards during the Civil War?

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  • coinsarefuncoinsarefun Posts: 18,453 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great one @DCW would be super cool to see how many we can post here B)

  • BoosibriBoosibri Posts: 9,317 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have a Schoolcraft MI Childs token, in MS64, an R9 variety but no ready pictures

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 22,508 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 31, 2019 3:31PM

    @coinsarefun said:
    Childs Firm Sold at Auction
    The S.D. Childs Company after 101 years in business was sold at auction recently. Alden Boyar was the only collector present and he obtained several items. The bulk of the medal collection, however, was to a party who placed an unlimited bid with the auctioneers. Mr. Boyar tells of buying an old desk (made around 1860) for a dollar and finding four silver dollars in it. Mr. Boyar obtained many name plates for old makes of bicycles and automobiles, as well as several hundred metallic items. The four coining presses were unsold. The Childs firm, during their long business life, struck thousands of medals, etc. They manufactured most of the Civil War Cents and Cards issued in the vicinity of Chicago.

    I just revisited this thread so this is an old thread bump :)

    These are great tokens and I'm a big fan of die sinker store cards so I especially like the first token Stef posted.

    I'm very curious as to what became of the company's medal collection. Do we know what ever happened with the bulk of the medal collection which was sold to the unlimited bidder? Did any large medal collections from this company ever appear afterwards?

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 22,508 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 31, 2019 3:33PM

    @coinsarefun said:
    Great one @DCW would be super cool to see how many we can post here B)

    Great idea. Is there a listing of all of Civil War Tokens created by S.D. Childs, for example by Fuld number?

  • PennyGuyPennyGuy Posts: 132 ✭✭✭

    Many Michigan merchants purchased their tokens from Child’s Manufacturing. That company produced 21 of the 55 tokens in my Michigan Towns & Cities collection.

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  • The lead dealer in so-called dollars (Jeff Shevlin) has a website that has a "site map" tab (at the bottom) that allows site searches. While his website is still new, it does have several so-called dollars attributed to Childs. It looks like the discussion section is being revised and updated. This is the link directly to SCDs by Childs.

    http://www.so-calleddollar.com/mint/childs/

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  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 22,508 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 4, 2020 2:36PM

    @Pioneer1 said:
    The lead dealer in so-called dollars (Jeff Shevlin) has a website that has a "site map" tab (at the bottom) that allows site searches. While his website is still new, it does have several so-called dollars attributed to Childs. It looks like the discussion section is being revised and updated. This is the link directly to SCDs by Childs.

    http://www.so-calleddollar.com/mint/childs/

    That's great! I'm a huge fan of cataloging pieces by die sinker and manufacturer so I'm really happy to see this.

    Here's the top level Mints page:

    http://www.so-calleddollar.com/mints/

    They don't list William H Warner & Bro. yet, but hopefully they will and attribute HK-608 and HK-609 to them. Here's the information I found connecting these to this die sinker:

    https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/1029294/springfield-so-called-dollars-pynchon-house-revisited-hk-608-hk-609/p1

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