Darlene G. writes: Hi. We found a coin in Iowa that reads:
Sutler Goods, Check 25 cents, Mich., J.A.Leggat, Sutler Mich. Cavalry
Can you tell my anything about it and a value?
When I was in the service during the Vietnam War, I fondly remember the Post Exchange (PX) where you could get treats and comfort items not available anywhere else. Sutlers were merchants, that during the Civil War (1861-1865) operated a kind of a mobile PX that visited Northern Army positions, especially on pay day. They offered tobacco, chocolate and other treats, razors and hundreds of other items that were not available from the Army. The Sutlers were private citizens but would often service the same Army units and follow them even into the battle field.
Small change was often in short supply during the Civil War and Sutlers would often give “good for” tokens in change. Of course, the tokens were only spendable at that Sutler’s stall. These pieces of Americana are quite popular with Exonumia collectors (They are my favorite too) and, of course, have a strong historical connection. Value Range: $35+