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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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Henry Higgins’ Periscopic Spectacled Tokens

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Henry D. Higgins was one of the earliest settlers of Mishawaka Indiana. Born on his father’s farm near Syracuse New York in 1822, Higgins was a grandchild of a Revolutionary War veteran who emigrated to America from England. His father, William Higgins, was raised by an uncle in New York (more…)

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Edward Aschermann’s Cigar & Tobacco Tokens

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Born in Germany in 1834, Edward Aschermann emigrated to the United States at about the age of 16. Quickly assimilating as a new immigrant, Aschermann didn’t wait very long to establish his own business. It is uncertain as to when Aschermann took residence in Wisconsin, but as early as 1859 (more…)

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George T. Hussey & His Special Message Tokens

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Long before the days of email attachments, fax machines, Federal Express, DHL, and even wire transfers there existed Hussey’s Instant Special Message Post. The brainchild of George Tuttle Hussey, his business provided same day delivery service (more…)

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Two Generations of Packard Entrepreneurs

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Mid 19th Century America was a golden time of entrepreneurship, invention, innovation, and gutsy determination. Men like Winchester, Edison, Westinghouse, and Eastman all started out with nearly nothing.  But through hard work and perseverence,  their legacies left indelible marks in their respective industries. Such is also the case with Warren Packard and John R. Packard, and a generation of Packards […]

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The Various Numismatic Rarity Scales

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There exist multiple scales for measuring relative rarities of various numismatic specimens. At glance they may appear cumbersome, redundant, and somewhat complicated. However, the scales weren’t invented to confuse collectors. (more…)

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The Provincial Token Coinage of the 18th Century

The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century by Dalton & Hamer

Dalton & Hamer’s Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century. Published 1910. An illustrative guide that covers Conder tokens throughout the […]

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 […]