1858 Lightning Pants Token
Miller NY-495G, High Rarity-7
Miller NY-495G variety, struck in white metal by George H. Lovett. Estimated by us to be High Rarity-7 and apparently unpublished prior to Bower's Lindesmith sale in 2000.
A most interesting half-dollar sized piece celebrating the first Trans-Atlantic cable with a depiction of John Bull (i.e. England) and Brother Jonathan (America) communicating electronically (as indicated by the pants-directed lightning bolts) with the charming dialogue shown along the rims:
John Bull: "How are you Jonathan?"
Brother Jonathan: "Perty well old feller, heows yerself?"
While most of the tokens with this obverse bear the text-dominated "Atlantic Telegraph Successfully Laid 5th of August 1858" reverse (which would make perfect sense), this is the extremely rare variant with the non sequitur and far more interesting "Boy and Dog" reverse by W. H. Bridgens, New York.
And this is a charming example that would be very difficult to improve upon (if you could find another one, and we'd be surprised if you did).
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