Perfect Gift for the Clock or Coin Collector!
scarce and unusual Mott Token
Numismatists study the art and history of currency and have written extensively about
this early example of a trade token. Previous reports have attributed the tokens to
members of the Mott family of New York. These privately produced tokens have been
variously dated from 1789 (the date on the coin itself) to as late as the 1830s. Our
research indicates that the date “1789” is the year a jewelry business was started in New
York City by Jordan Mott, Sr. (1768-1840). [Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle
advertisement from December 1852.]
The side of the coin with the date (the obverse) shows an American eagle similar in
design to that created by John Reich, appearing on gold coins from 1807. The back of
the coin (the reverse) is unique because it shows a mantel clock. Clock collectors will
recognize the case style immediately, as it resembles that of a French mantel regulator
dating from the first quarter of the 1800s.
This example of the Mott Token is about the size of a contemporary quarter dollar and is
distinguished by the fact that it is early production, based on the lack of a die defect in the
area of the clock. The coin was stamped from a thin copper disk (called a
planchet) after three strikes. This was a minting error. The triple strike is readily visible in the area of the
date and around the clock.
This is an unusual and scarce example of early Americana that will please the clock and
coin collector alike. Our Mott Token comes in a sealed Professional Coin Grading
Service (PCGS) authentication holder and has a grading of almost uncirculated (AU-50).
PCGS is the premier currency authentication and grading service.
Calendar Clock Company cut glass pendulum
for French swinging
Headpiece (Fronton) for French Morbier clock
7.5” L (19.7 cm)
Exact reproduction of Ithaca pendulum for 3
½ “Parlor” and “Kildare” models
Nickel plated brass and etched glass with
(see detail image above)
Country of origin: USA
4.1” diameter (10.5 cm)
Hard-to-find item for
Country of origin: USA
8.7” (22 cm) H x 8.7” (22 cm) W
Symbolizes “Fraternity” from the Revolution
period with clasped hands (see detail
Brass casting from an original
Country of origin: France