Before there were love tokens in the United states, Great Britain began the tradition of engraving keepsake coins roughly 150 years earlier.  Generally both sides were engraved so if submitting coins, please image both sides.  Most often copper coins were engraved but there are a few silver coins as well.  Note that the engraving ranges from professional to “homemade.”

Copper Coins

                                 Obverse: James Bell born March 1795.                Reverse: English copper coin.    

Silver Coins

                             Obverse: Wonderful bird and flower design.             Reverse: Sarah Whalley 1792.