Archive | September, 2011

Bernard S. Baruc’s Fancy Goods & Toys Tokens

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Being one of the earliest tokens on record for the State of South Carolina, during the 1850’s Bernard S. Baruc of Charleston had two varieties of store card tokens struck for his short-lived fancy goods business. Both the man and his tokens have for many years been an enigma.  The availability of his tokens is […]

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New York City’s 3rd Avenue Rail Road & Its Tokens

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Starting in the mid-1800s, New York City had a hodge-podge of companies providing transportation services throughout the city. The Atwood-Coffee Guide to Transportation Tokens lists over a dozen such hackneys and their tokens. (more…)

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The Samuel Hart Playing Card Company & Its Tokens

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Samuel Hart is a legend in the history of American Playing Cards. He is credited with the introduction of many advancements and innovations which have become the standard features of playing cards available for purchase today in America. (more…)

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James Kennedy – Ionia Michigan Banker & Token

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James Kennedy was born at Armagh, Ireland, September 9, 1832. and emigrated to Canada when he was 17 years old. He first settled in Brampton, Canada, but soon thereafter moved to the United States. He first took residence in Michigan City, Indiana. (more…)

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The Enigmatic John Burns Token of Staunton Va

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Very little is known about the enigmatic John Burns token of Staunton Virginia. Schenkman lists no such token in his Virginia Tokens book, and there exists no Miller number. Rulau has but one scant listing in his Volume 4 edition (more…)

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W.H. Richardson’s Parasol & Umbrella Tokens

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William H. Richardson was an umbrella, parasol, and sunshade manufacturer and retailer in Philadelphia during the mid-19th century. During the era, parasols and sunshades were quite popular, and used by ladies to shield themselves (more…)

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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]