Cunningham Exonumia

Your expert in all things "outside numismatics"
What's New at Cunningham Exonumia
September 6th, 2018
Mr. Cunningham has recently been involved with the exhibition and sale of Rich Hartzog's estate.  Mr. Hartzog was an avid collector and dealer of Civil War tokens, hard times tokens in particular, with thousands of merchant tokens dating back to the turn of the last century and before.  He greatly valued tokens and medals from the 19th century.  There was also an amazing amount of swastika tokens, sales tax tokens, and tokens in a hundred other categories.  He also amassed a collection of transportation tokens from every state and most of the countries of the world.  Truly something for everyone.

The estate was so large that it would be impossible to display all at once.  We are slowly cataloging the many pieces left behind: sorting, pricing, and making available many items for purchase.  As the year continues to progress we will make constant updates to the current listings available.  Please check back often for new merchandise from the Hartzog Estate.  We will have items for sale through our website, on Ebay, and of course in person at shows throughout the country.

Why Exonumia

We get asked a lot, "So, what is exonumia?"

Exonumia (from exo - Greek, meaning out of and nummus - Latin, meaning coin) translates to outside of coins.  In common parlance exonumia describes items outside of money issued by a governmental body.  Exonumia encompasses a wide variety of collectibles that may resemble money, but were not created to be legal tender.  These items tend to be valued more for their historical significance and design than their rarity, unlike the bulk of numismatic material.  Despite it's provenance, the Wikipedia article on exonumia is concise and informative on the topic.

Paul A. Cunningham first started collecting coins in the late 1950s but quickly found a passion for the historic nature of exonumia.  His personal interest revolves around US Military tokens, Abraham Lincoln items, and Michigan trade tokens. After retiring from a successful 34-year teaching career, Paul turned his focus to Cunningham Exonumia full-time.  We have a brisk business in the sale and purchase of most exonumia items.  Please see the next section for more information.

Our Schedule

All dates are subject to cancellation.  If you'd like to see us at a show, please send us an email.

Print Media

Paul has dozens of writing credits to his name between Token and Medal Society (TAMS), Civil War Token Society (CWTS) publications and his own books.  Listed here are full books he's published himself under the Michigan Exonumia Publishers of Tecumseh, Michigan umbrella.  All books are fully stocked and for sale through the links on Amazon or directly from Cunningham Exonumia.  Just send us an email:  Prices listed on this page include postage if ordered by phone or email.

Lincoln's Metallic Imagery:  
A Catalog And Price List of Lincoln Coins, Tokens, Medals, and Plaques

From nationally and internationally well-known exonumist Paul A. Cunningham comes the completely updated and expanded version of King's Lincoln in Numismatics. Listing all known metallic exonumia bearing Abraham Lincoln's likeness, photos are featured with concise item descriptions, logically organized and easily referenced. This stunning hardbound book features 1600 new, full-color photos, some never before seen by the public. Take a step back in time and trace Lincoln's life from his earliest political days in Illinois to his last days and beyond through the world of coins, tokens, medals and plaques. This book has something to offer all collectors of Lincoln paraphernalia.

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Michigan Trade Tokens

Published in 1986, Michigan Trade Tokens represents the most extensive guide to Michigan tokens representing monetary value ever produced.  Mr. Cunningham's first book features over 700 pages filled with descriptions and photographs of 6000-plus listings.  A must-own for collectors and hobbyists as well as historians.  Nearly out of print!  Get yours before they're all gone!

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Military Tokens of the United States - Vol. 1, Domestic Issues 

A revision of James Curto's several military token catalogs, this book includes tokens dated pre-Civil War to the Vietnam War.  Military tokens were commonly issued by the US Government as substitutes for legal tender to protect the interests of soldiers.  They were strictly used by the military and varied not only branch to branch but also between divisions down to units.  This volume, published in 1995, covers tokens that were produced and used domestically only.

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Military Tokens of the United States - Vol. 2, Foreign Issues 

Mr. Cunningham's second volume on US Military tokens covers issues specifically outside the US border including oceans.  Tokens date from around the Spanish-American War to the First Gulf War.  Both volumes are available for a joint price of $90 by email.

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About Paul A. Cunningham

Paul A. Cunningham is a nationally known authority on American exonumia from the time period of the United States Civil War to the present.  He has been involved in exonumia since the late 1960s. He is a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association, The Token and Medal Society (TAMS), the Civil War Token Society (CWTS) and the American Vecturist Association (AVA).  He is also a Charter Member of the Casino Chips and Gaming Token Collectors Club, the National Token Collectors Association (NTCA), and the National Scrip Collectors Association. He has served as President of TAMS, CWTS and NTCA and was an officer of the AVA.  He is currently serving his second term as CWTS President.

He has authored four exonumia books including the long awaited Lincoln's Metallic Imagery, published July 2015. He has published more than 20 other titles for organizations such as the Elongated Collectors and for private collectors. His articles have appeared in many numismatic and exonumic journals. He published the journals of TAMS and CWTS for more than 25 years. You can find him at dozens of coin shows every year.