a bracelet with eight Seated liberty dimes dating from 1875 to 1884, each finely engraved with initials or monograms, together with a dangling style brooch made up of Canadian dimes of the same era, with various names, Mama, Papa, Willie, Lizzie, Allee Ida and Walter..................Love tokens are generally defined as coins where one or sometimes both sides have been smoothed down and engraved with initials, names, phrases and/or scenes. These were often given to young ladies as “tokens of love” by suitors.The manufacture and practice of giving a “Love Token” seems to have originated in Great Britain in the early 1800s, and then migrated to the United States in the mid-to-late 1800s.The Liberty Seated dime is perhaps the most popular coin used to create love tokens (likely because of its smaller size and silver content), but love tokens are known to have been made from all denominations of U.S. coins, from half cents through 20-dollar gold pieces, as well as numerous world coins and denominations.Enthusiasts have formed, appropriately enough, “The Love Token Society”. It is an international organization and can be found on the web at www.lovetokensociety.org.The standard reference work on love tokens is Love Tokens as Engraved Coins (1991) by Lloyd L. Entenmann. You may have to search a bit to find a copy but they are available.Being personalized items from a wide variety of creators, each love tokens has its own personality. Each one of these coins represents a love shared between two people.These items really are not tokens. It is a coin that has been defaced by planing down and engraving one or both sides. In the European tradition, which began in the 17th century, such items are simply called “engraved coins”. Leave it to the Americans to give them a fancy name.They didn’t become popular in the United States until about the time of the Civil War. By the turn of the century, the custom was waning.Most American love tokens you’ll encounter will have the initials of a person, sometimes a name or a message. A few will have an ornate depiction of some object or symbol, such as a bird or a heart.