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From the Estate of Robert (Bobby) Palazzo, Westlake Village, California
WESTERN TRADE TOKEN COLLECTION WITH ADDITIONAL EXONUMIA. . . . Good for a loaf of bread, a game of pool, half-pint of cream, or a roll in the hay
Most from Nevada mining towns: , mostly 1910s. Collection of forty-eight western tokens other exonumia composed mostly of merchant "good for" tokens, several Pony Express commemorative 'so-called-dollars', a tool-check, and a 'dog house' license. These were issued at various locales, mostly in Nevada with a couple from California. The tokens were identified by Palazzo, John Schilling, or Holabird Auctions. Palazzo's old and badly worn cardboard mounts have been replaced with new Lighthouse coin 'flips' and the original information has been transferred. Mixed condition; some near mint and others well-worn (as is common with many tokens). One of the accompanying images displays a list of all the tokens which will also be provided in hard copy. Trade tokens were a form of unofficial 'minor coinage' made from base metals such as brass, copper, nickel, or aluminum and usually cast as circular disks, but occasionally as octagons, triangles, or in scalloped shapes. They seldom, if ever, had a value of more than a dollar. Trade tokens (sometimes referred to as "Good Fors" because they were usually stamped "Good for" followed by a product, service, or monetary value) first appeared in the United States during the late 1700s, and it's been suggested that George Washington used a trade token to attend Bill Rickett's Philadelphia Circus in 1793. Often, as with some of the tokens in this lot, they were issued to be exchanged for a specific product or service such as a loaf of bread, game of pool, meal, hotel room, or brothel visit. In the western states, company stores and independ … [Click Below for Full Description]
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