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Edward Aschermann’s Cigar & Tobacco Tokens

Edward Aschermann’s Cigar & Tobacco Tokens

Jun 26, 20215 min read
Born in Germany in 1834, Edward Aschermann emigrated to the United States around the age of sixteen. Quickly assimilating as a new immigrant, Aschermann didn’t wait very long to establish his own cigar making business. As early as 1859 Aschermann opened his first factory….
George T. Hussey & His Special Message Tokens

George T. Hussey & His Special Message Tokens

Jun 25, 20214 min read
Long before the days of email, faxes, Federal Express, and electronic wire transfers there existed Hussey’s Instant Special Message Post. The brainchild of George Tuttle Hussey, his business provided same day delivery service of important documents and negotiable instruments…
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…
Allegheny & Its Tokens – Gone But Not Forgotten

Allegheny & Its Tokens – Gone But Not Forgotten

Jun 25, 20218 min read
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……

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Henry Higgins’ Periscopic Spectacled Tokens

Henry Higgins’ Periscopic Spectacled Tokens

Jun 25, 20211 min read

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,…

Index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War Tokens

Index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War Tokens

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, April 30th, 1860 Below is a comprehensive index of Mossin & Marr’s Patriotic Civil War dies. In addition to being used as Patriotics, the dies were utilized as “stock” reverses for many of…

Index of Mossin & Marr’s Civil War Storecards

Index of Mossin & Marr’s Civil War Storecards

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Val-Blatz Engraving by Marr. Val-Blatz was one of Mossin & Marr’s Storecard customersSource: Milwaukee’s Great Industries, 1892 Below is a comprehensive index of Mossin & Marr’s Store Card emissions and dies. In addition to being used…

Pittsburgh’s Reymer & Brothers Civil War Token

Pittsburgh’s Reymer & Brothers Civil War Token

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Early Reymer Bros’ Chocolate Candies In 1846 Philip Reymer, a headstrong twenty-two year old with an entrepreneurial streak, partnered with Pittsburgher R.J. Anderson and opened a confectionery store in downtown part of the city.  Born on…

James Kennedy – Ionia Michigan Banker & Token

James Kennedy – Ionia Michigan Banker & Token

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Ionia Michigan circa 1860s 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…

The Storied Marshall House & Its Token – Alexandria Va

The Storied Marshall House & Its Token – Alexandria Va

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Marshall House Hotel circa 1860s Referred to as the first Confederate Cent by historians and numismatists alike, cent-sized tokens issued by a hotel in Alexandria Virginia began appearing in transactions throughout the Commonwealth. Originating from the…

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