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    Question Help ID 2 Aluminum Trade Tokens

    I found five of these Aluminum trade tokens or "good for" tokens at an estate sale about 10 years ago (they only wanted 25-cents for all, so I couldn't go wrong), but I still haven't been able to get any history on them. I traded one away for a nice AU/MS Walking liberty (more my collecting taste), and sold two on eBay for $60. So, with only two remaining I'm left wondering what history do these pieces have? Since Aluminum was considered rarer and more valuable than gold in the 1800's, I have to assume these must be from the 1900's, but early examples for sure (maybe 1910's-30's). THE PHOTOS: One has the two different obverse and the other shot has the reverses! Any help would be dearly appreciated! Thank you :-)


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    Been looking but I can't find any info on this.

    Any luck on your end?

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    The trade check, or "good for," started coming into its own in the 1866-1889 period, but the 1890-1900 period saw issues of trade checks increase dramatically. The commercial introduction of aluminum to token manufacture about 1891 accelerated an already swelling tide of trade checks. Now every general store, saloon, pool hall, milk deliverer, baker and amusement park had to have its own issue."


    Some info on the aluminum to try to narrow it down.

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    Thank you for looking Jesh, glad to hear they could be as old as the 1890's! That's pretty neat! I do have a token buddy that pointed me to this site
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    (for reference), but sadly nothing. Also no mention of them in a merchant token book published for PA in 2000. These are getting to be a more popular field of collecting, but at the moment they seem like the wild wild west. Oh-well, having pieces that aren't known so well, and are un attributed makes for a good mystery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travlntiques View Post
    Thank you for looking Jesh, glad to hear they could be as old as the 1890's! That's pretty neat! I do have a token buddy that pointed me to this site
    HTML Code:
    http://tokencatalog.com/
    (for reference), but sadly nothing. Also no mention of them in a merchant token book published for PA in 2000. These are getting to be a more popular field of collecting, but at the moment they seem like the wild wild west. Oh-well, having pieces that aren't known so well, and are un attributed makes for a good mystery!
    No problem I'm sure you can find info somewhere on it though with some more digging, after all it has some good info on the token.

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    That is a nice one.
    And yes please let us know how it works.

 

 

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