Mama and Baby Silver Love Token Earrings with Pave Diamonds
Show the special mama in your life that your love for her and your family transcends the ages with these beautiful earrings. Created from an 1888 Seated Liberty Dime (Mama) and an 1871 Seated Liberty time (Baby), set in Sterling Silver and Pave Diamond Halo on a French wire earring.
Love tokens were a popular phenomenon in the 1800s, when coins were made with pure metals, and reached their height of popularity in the United States and Great Britain in the late 1800s, at a time when the populations of both countries were eager to embrace sentimentality. During the Civil War, soldiers found they had little use for the change in their pockets that they likely couldn’t spend in enemy territory. Ingenuity kicked in: If a soldier lost a button, all he had to do was drill two holes in a coin. Others would have their personal information engraved on coins and then keep them as a dog tag. Some coins would also be engraved as a romantic gift for a woman waiting back home.
The Love Token is a coin that has been smoothed flat on one or both sides and then hand engraved. Engravings are most commonly initials of the giver. Names and dates were also popular and perhaps most special and scarcer were sayings and pictures. Some love tokens were embellished even further with stones, enamel, added raised metal, or cutout designs within the coin. These coins were made as keepsakes and mementos from the giver to the recipient. The giver, important date, place, or event was intended to be remembered through the love token; a commissioned testimony and executed one of a kind special engraving.