[AFRICAN AMERICANA - SLAVERY & ABOLITION]. -- [AMERICAN ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY]. Am I Not a Woman & A Sister. [Belville, NJ]: [Gibbs, Gardner & Company], 1838.

Diam. 28 mm Hard Times copper token (surface wear, dark patina at edges, some verdigris, especially to reverse). Obverse shows a kneeling woman in chains, inscribed "Am I not a Woman & a Sister." Reverse with laurel wreath, inscribed "Liberty" and "1838" at center and "United States of America" at perimeter. In double-sided frame 10 x 10 in. (not examined out of frame). 

This token was commissioned by the American Anti-Slavery Society to commemorate the formation of the Liberty Party. The pattern was inspired by the 1787 Wedgwood Jasperware medallion Am I Not a Man and a Brother which was designed for the British Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, itself inspired by a design from the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade An advertisement in the 27 November 1837 issue of The Emancipator announced the token, noting that a counterpart male figure token would be issued. This coin, however, was never struck as the US Mint Director suppressed the circulation of the coin shortly thereafter. 

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