Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chicago Civil War Token Maker's Royal Connection to Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge

Every now and then while I am doing some numismatic research, I'll come across a little known fact that has nothing to do with numismatics but that I find interesting none-the-less.

This time it happened while I was researching the S.D. Childs and Company, and its founder Shubael D. Childs. The Chicago diesinker is well known among collectors as a manufacturer of tokens and medals, especially Civil War Tokens.

Some collectors believe the Chicago diesinker may have been the first producer of Civil War Tokens in 1861 when the company was being run by Shubael D. Childs, Jr., the founder's son.  Others debate that distinction. But regardless if S.D. Childs and Company were first or not, they definitely were an important producer of Civil War Tokens.

So it was with some interest that I came across a family connection between Shubael D. Childs and the newly wedded Prince William, along with his father Prince Charles and grandmother Queen Elizabeth II. An ancestor chart showing this connection can be found at FamousKin.com.

It turns out that Shubael Childs and the current Royal Family are related through Shubael's gggggreat-grandfather, Wolstone Childe.

With all the recent attention focused on coins and stamps honoring the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, along with the 150th Anniversary of the start of the U.S. Civil War and S.D. Child's & Co.'s 1861 dated Civil War Tokens, this connection between the two seemed worth sharing.

View the ancestor chart for Shubael Childs and Prince William 


At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Bob Oedeloem said...

Wow. I love to collect Civil War Storecards, so I really enjoyed reading your timely tidbit on the Royals. Thanks for the research!

At 12:38 PM, Anonymous collector51562 said...

Excellent Information, keep up the good work.



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