1838 Anti-Slavery “Am I Not A Woman And A Sister”
1838-Dated. Anti-Slavery Hard Times Token. “Am I Not A Woman And A Sister.” Copper. Rulau 81. (Low 54). Choice About Uncirculated.
This beautiful quality, extremely sharp Anti-Slavery Token measures about 1” in diameter and is styled after Josiah Wedgewood’s very popular, “Am I Not a Man and a Brother” Anti-Slavery theme plaque, a design which also appeared on some British tokens issued around 1795. The natural smooth glossy medium chestnut-brown surfaces are highly attractive with sharp details that are mostly well struck. This historic token sought to bring attention to the plight of Slaves, particularly the Black Women who were being held in bondage in many of the Southern States. The obverse features a Black Woman down upon one knee, her arms shackled and pleading for humanity. The reverse has “Liberty 1838” within a wreath, with the words, “United States Of America” surrounding. A most desirable example of this remarkable 1838 Anti-Slavery issue.