Origin: Liberty loans, also known as liberty bonds, were sold by the United States government during World War I to help finance the Allied forces. The purchase of these bonds was seen as a patriotic duty by the American public, and many chose to show their patriotism by wearing these pins.
Five rounds of liberty loans were issued, starting in April of 1917. The sale of bonds raised about $16.7 billion during the war (equal to about $339.8 billion today). Aside from helping to finance the war effort, they also introduced many Americans to the idea of financial securities for the first time.
These metal backed pins were manufactured in 1917 in Coshocton, Ohio by American Art Works, a firm responsible for producing dozens of iconic signs, trays, and other advertising material in the 20th century. All are still in wearable condition, although they are relatively fragile due to being over 100 years old.
Each includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
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"Lansing, Michigan raised its largest Liberty Loan quota in eight hours, because the people of the city volunteered their subscriptions, they didn't have to be asked. 1460 of the volunteers formed this V which stands for Victory." --October 8th, 1917
Your order will include:
One original Liberty Loan pin, circa 1917
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Frequently Asked Questions:
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Plus, we take great care to source our relics from only vetted antiquities experts, who are also committed to providing genuine and ethically sourced relics.
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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