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The Fenian Brotherhood Token of 1866

Shortly before the American Civil War, an Irish nationalist militia was formed in the United States. Founded by Irish immigrants John O’Mahony and Michael Doheny, it was known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Situated as an arm of the Ireland-based Irish Republican Brotherhood, it was an organization whose goal was the re-establishment (more…)

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The Tyson’s Telegraph Line & Its Tokens

The Tyson & Company omnibus service operated in New York City in the mid-18th century. The company operated several routes, and is listed as having 29 stages in the company’s fleet. Omnibuses were urban stagecoaches that could carry multiple passengers like buses. Passengers paid their fares using tokens, and provided them to the driver upon […]

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New York’s Castle Garden Concert Hall & Token

Situated at the southernmost tip of Manhattan, Fort Clinton was erected as defensive countermeasure to British forces as the threat of war grew between the United States and Britain in the early 19th century. Construction of the massive fort began in 1809, and workers completed the complex in 1811. (more…)

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Henry Miller & His Winter Garden Tokens

Born in Lobenstein Germany on April 2, 1820, Henry Miller emigrated to the United States on July 1st 1845.  Upon his initial arrival in New York City, Miller immediately located to Philadelphia. Upon his arrival in Philadelphia, Miller took a job as a scale-maker, and pursued this vocation until 1849.  Having noticed a deficit of […]

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Allegheny City and Its Tokens – Gone But Not Forgotten

Allegheny City was located just across the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh, PA.  It is now known simply as “the North Side” (See figure 1).  Allegheny was long ago absorbed by the growing city of Pittsburgh, but its memory lives on.  The Civil War Tokens of six merchants are part of the numismatic legacy of […]

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Michigan’s Copper Rush & Portage Lake Bridge Token

It was the 1843 Copper Rush on Michigan’s Keenesaw Peninsula that the towns of Hancock and Houghton owe their existence. Long known about by Native Americans for millennia, the area possessed rich deposits of copper and silver ores. With primitive mining activities dating back as far as 7,000 years (more…)

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Charles Lennon’s Soda Tokens – Alexandria Va

Prior to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of June 30th 1906, there existed many merchants and purveyors who foisted various toxic preparations and other snake oils on the American public. Tonics for depression, pills for melancholy, emollients for impotence, even arsenic tablets for beauty — these were the kinds (more…)

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Abolition – A Numismatic Perspective

History clearly records that the 1860 Presidential Race was a pivotal moment for the future of the United States. The movement for the abolition of slavery was not a quick phenomena, but rather one which took decades to rise to the top of the nation’s consciousness. Decades earlier the movement gained traction in the U.K. […]

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Our Nation’s First Interstate & Its Toll Tokens

Our nation’s first interstate, the National Road, traversed through Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. It was the United States’ first fully paved highway, funded and built by the Federal government. Providing a connection between the Potomac and Ohio Rivers, it initially stretched (more…)

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The Toxaway Cotton Mill Tokens of Anderson, SC

Critical to the success in the early 20th century southern textile industry were the mill villages. Like coal camps and mining towns that supported their respective industries, mill villages supported textile and cotton mills, and consisted of company-provided worker homes, schools, a church, and of course, the company stores. And like the coal camps, housing […]

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The Meade Bros Daguerreotype Tokens

Of the earliest pioneers in the invention of practical photograpic arts, the Meade Brothers hold a prominent role with its introduction in the United States.  In the early days of photography, the process was known as daguerreotyping.  Invented and perfected by Louis Daguerre in 1836 Paris, the process made its way over the Atlantic and […]

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The California Gold Rush and the U.S. 3-Cent Piece

The United States three-cent piece owes its existence to a combination of factors all converging at and around the same time. In 1848 gold was discovered in California at Sutter’s Mill. “Gold fever” gripped the country. Prospectors and fortune seekers alike — the 49ers — flooded in from the east. The strike was so profound […]

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The W.W. Wilbur Auctioneer Tokens, Charleston SC

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William W. Wilbur is infamous for having been an auctioneer who owned and operated a mercantile during the pre-Civil War era of Charleston, South Carolina. Wilbur’s business activities were quite varied, and included auctions (more…)

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The Fenian Brotherhood Token of 1866

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Shortly before the American Civil War, an Irish nationalist militia was formed in the United States. Founded by Irish immigrants John O’Mahony and Michael Doheny, it was known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Situated as an arm of the Ireland-based Irish Republican Brotherhood, it was an organization whose goal was the re-establishment (more…)

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The Tyson’s Telegraph Line & Its Tokens

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The Tyson & Company omnibus service operated in New York City in the mid-18th century. The company operated several routes, and is listed as having 29 stages in the company’s fleet. Omnibuses were urban stagecoaches that could carry multiple passengers like buses. Passengers paid their fares using tokens, and provided them to the driver upon […]

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New York’s Castle Garden Concert Hall & Token

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Situated at the southernmost tip of Manhattan, Fort Clinton was erected as defensive countermeasure to British forces as the threat of war grew between the United States and Britain in the early 19th century. Construction of the massive fort began in 1809, and workers completed the complex in 1811. (more…)

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Henry Miller & His Winter Garden Tokens

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Born in Lobenstein Germany on April 2, 1820, Henry Miller emigrated to the United States on July 1st 1845.  Upon his initial arrival in New York City, Miller immediately located to Philadelphia. Upon his arrival in Philadelphia, Miller took a job as a scale-maker, and pursued this vocation until 1849.  Having noticed a deficit of […]

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Allegheny City and Its Tokens – Gone But Not Forgotten

1872 Allegheny City Wood Engraving

Allegheny City was located just across the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh, PA.  It is now known simply as “the North Side” (See figure 1).  Allegheny was long ago absorbed by the growing city of Pittsburgh, but its memory lives on.  The Civil War Tokens of six merchants are part of the numismatic legacy of […]

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Michigan’s Copper Rush & Portage Lake Bridge Token

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It was the 1843 Copper Rush on Michigan’s Keenesaw Peninsula that the towns of Hancock and Houghton owe their existence. Long known about by Native Americans for millennia, the area possessed rich deposits of copper and silver ores. With primitive mining activities dating back as far as 7,000 years (more…)

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Charles Lennon’s Soda Tokens – Alexandria Va

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Prior to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of June 30th 1906, there existed many merchants and purveyors who foisted various toxic preparations and other snake oils on the American public. Tonics for depression, pills for melancholy, emollients for impotence, even arsenic tablets for beauty — these were the kinds (more…)

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Abolition – A Numismatic Perspective

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History clearly records that the 1860 Presidential Race was a pivotal moment for the future of the United States. The movement for the abolition of slavery was not a quick phenomena, but rather one which took decades to rise to the top of the nation’s consciousness. Decades earlier the movement gained traction in the U.K. […]

Read More 0 Comments

Our Nation’s First Interstate & Its Toll Tokens

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Our nation’s first interstate, the National Road, traversed through Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. It was the United States’ first fully paved highway, funded and built by the Federal government. Providing a connection between the Potomac and Ohio Rivers, it initially stretched (more…)

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The Toxaway Cotton Mill Tokens of Anderson, SC

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Critical to the success in the early 20th century southern textile industry were the mill villages. Like coal camps and mining towns that supported their respective industries, mill villages supported textile and cotton mills, and consisted of company-provided worker homes, schools, a church, and of course, the company stores. And like the coal camps, housing […]

Read More 4 Comments

The Meade Bros Daguerreotype Tokens

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Of the earliest pioneers in the invention of practical photograpic arts, the Meade Brothers hold a prominent role with its introduction in the United States.  In the early days of photography, the process was known as daguerreotyping.  Invented and perfected by Louis Daguerre in 1836 Paris, the process made its way over the Atlantic and […]

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The Tokens of Charles J. Raine of Lynchburg Va

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Born in Appomattox Virginia in 1834, Charles John Raine arrived in Lynchburg Virginia sometime in the mid-1850s. Shortly after his […]

The Apothecary & Soda Tokens of A.B. Taylor

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Born January 6th 1824 in the city of Philadelphia, Alfred Bower Taylor began his pharmaceutical career at a very early […]

The Kittanning Bridge Company & Its Tokens

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The Kittanning Bridge Company was formed in 1838 by an act of the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Its purpose was to […]

Coney Island’s Elephantine Colossus Tokens

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The Elephantine Colossus was built on Coney Island in 1885. Prior to the the Statue of Liberty, it was the […]

Hot Dog Inventor Charles Feltman & His Tokens

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In 1867 German Immigrant Charles Feltman invented the American Hot Dog. Before there was Nathan’s there was Feltman’s. History has […]