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

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

ByAaron PackardNov 6, 20198 min read
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…

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Hanna & Co Tobacconist Tokens of Detroit

Hanna & Co Tobacconist Tokens of Detroit

Jun 25, 20218 min read
As early as the middle of the 16th Century, less than 100 years after Columbus’ journey to the new world, tobacco was readily farmed and consumed by Europeans who voyaged and settled in the Americas. Long cultivated by Native Americans, Europeans quickly adopted a knack for growing it…
Vote the Land Free Token & The Homestead Act

Vote the Land Free Token & The Homestead Act

Jun 14, 20217 min read
An enigma has long existed about the origin of the Vote the Land Free token. Many numismatists believed it originated from the abolitionist Free Soil Party. A new theory explores if it was issued by the National Reform Association – a slightly earlier and short-lived movement….
Charleston’s W.W. Wilbur Auctioneer Tokens

Charleston’s W.W. Wilbur Auctioneer Tokens

Jun 18, 20218 min read
William Ward Wilbur was a 19th century merchant who owned and operated a commission-house on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. There he sold real estate, properties, stocks, bonds, and other negotiable instruments. But most abhorrent – Wilbur was a slave auctioneer…
Our Nation’s First Interstate & Toll Tokens

Our Nation’s First Interstate & Toll Tokens

Jun 18, 20216 min read
Our nation’s first interstate traversed through Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Known by several names, including the “National Road,” The Cumberland Road,” and the “North-Western Turnpike,” it was the United States’ first fully paved highway…
Attributing N.C. Folger Tokens of New Orleans

Attributing N.C. Folger Tokens of New Orleans

Jun 8, 20219 min read
Of the many token varieties listed in Wright, Adams, Miller, and Rulau, few are as challenging to attribute than the merchant token varieties of Nathan C. Folger. Numismatists will find that this is not because Folger’s emissions consist of a vast number of obscure differences …
The Essential Guide for 18th Century Conders

The Essential Guide for 18th Century Conders

Jun 9, 20214 min read
In the latter half of the 18th century, adequate circulating copper coins throughout the UK were in dire shortage. Private tokens known as Conders were struck to meet the public’s need for low-denominated copper. This guide catalogs a significant portion of these Conder tokens…
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Wood’s Minstrel Theatre Tokens of New York

Wood’s Minstrel Theatre Tokens of New York

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Early Playbill Touting Wood’s Minstrels Troupe Formed by Edwin P. Christy in about 1842, Wood’s Minstrels were a troupe of performers who traveled and provided musical and comedic entertainment. Sometime thereafter, the troupe settled down, and started…

Wilmington’s Champion Compress & Warehouse Co

Wilmington’s Champion Compress & Warehouse Co

May 19, 20111 min read

Wharves at Wilmington, NC – Champion Compress & Warehouse Co On or about the year of 1879 the Champion Compress & Warehouse Company was incorporated in the city of Wilmington, North Carolina. An economic powerhouse, the company…

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The Samuel Hart Playing Card Company & Its Tokens

Jun 14, 20217 min read
Samuel Hart and his playing cards are legendary in the history of American playing cards for both the sport and the pastime. Hart is credited with introducing many innovations and improvements that have become standard features of playing cards sold today throughout the…

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The Tyson Telegraph Line Omnibus Tokens

Jun 20, 20213 min read

Founded by William Tyson, the Tyson Telegraph Line was a private transportation company in New York City during the middle part of the 19th century.  Using a fleet of 20…

Michigan’s Copper Rush & Portage Lake Bridge Token

Jun 20, 20211 min read
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……

The Kittanning Bridge Company & Its Tokens

Jun 20, 20214 min read
The Kittanning Bridge Company was formed in 1838 by an act of the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Its purpose was to construct a bridge across the Allegheny River and connect the towns of Kittanning with West Kittanning PA……