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Allegheny City and Its Tokens – Gone But Not Forgotten

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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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The Ghost Town Tokens of Thurber, Texas

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The remains of Thurber, Texas are located in the northwestern portion of Erath County, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth. Few people outside of northern Texas have ever heard of this old ghost town. The town was born in 1885, and pretty much had died as a town by the late 1930’s. A Brief […]

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The Forgotten Tokens of Howell Works Garden

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In early 1830s New Jersey, there was a picturesque and grandiose town established, situated in Monmouth County.  Located thirteen miles south of Freehold, and six miles west of Sea Girt, the settlement was known as the town of Allaire. (more…)

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The Kendall Lumber Co. of Garrett County, Md

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Situated in the panhandle of Western Maryland, Garrett County has a historic connection to the logging and lumber Industry. During the mid to late 19th century, the county was rich with old growth forests. The region was virtually untouched by mankind, and stands of trees such as Giant Oaks (more…)

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The Explosive Tokens of Hiawatha, Utah

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The community of Hiawatha, Utah was founded on or about the year 1910 on the grounds of an old cattle ranch. Sitting at the headwaters of Miller Creek, the town sat just south of Price, Utah, where rich veins of coal (more…)

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The Elusive Story of Packard, Kentucky

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Packard Kentucky was an enigma. A ghost-town long extinct, Packard exists only in the surviving memories of a few former inhabitants, a handful of faded snapshots, and but a smattering of arcane references in yellowed periodicals. (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 […]