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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 were many purveyors who foisted various toxic preparations and other snake oils on the American public. Charles G. Lennon was one such pharmacist and druggist.

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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 a way of only remembering its victors, and in the case of Coney Island hot dogs, the annals of history certainly possesses a case of amnesia …

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New York’s Crystal Palace & The H.B. West Tokens

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The brainchild of a German immigrant, New York’s Crystal Palace was built in the early 1850s as an exhibition hall. Inspired by London’s famous Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, entrepreneur and promoter Christian E. Detmold had a dream to erect a similar venue in the United States, where (more…)

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14 Recommended Token & Exonumia References

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The old adage “Buy the book before you buy the coin” most certainly applies for those who wish to pursue tokens and exonumia. While there are vast quantities of books which have been published that address U.S. Federal emissions, comparatively very few references exist which address 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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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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Johann “John” Marr – Civil War Token Engraver

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Born in Germany on September 9th 1832, Johan “John’ Marr entered the engraving business at a very young age.  Young, destitute, and barely a teenager, Marr found himself forced to live with a jeweler and engraver. In exchange for room and board, Marr was hired to care for the jeweler’s property. Over time, the jeweler […]

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An Introduction to Patriotic Civil War Tokens

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Early in 1862 all United States coins disappeared from circulation. The general public, concerned about possible increases in values of all metals, began hoarding their change. First gold and silver coins disappeared from circulation. (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 […]