May 18, 2012, 12:01 AM
Found today. Any idea what it is?
Found this today in northeast PA. I was hunting an area south of Towanda PA. Anyone have a clue what it is?
May 18, 2012, 08:01 AM
Looks like a tool check token/tag. Is there mining in that area?
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
May 18, 2012, 08:18 AM
Maybe a hotel keyfob
May 18, 2012, 10:05 AM
Yes there were gold and coal mines in the area
May 18, 2012, 10:12 AM
Looks like it has something to do with a railroad. the font is similar to stuff iv seen befroe
May 18, 2012, 10:48 AM
I found it within 100 yards of an old rail road.
May 19, 2012, 01:02 AM
My guess would be a railroad employee's numbered I.D. Token. I found one similar in a 100 year old railroad logging camp. There was sometimes a I.D. token issued to each man with a similar numbered token of the same number attached to the cookhouse table to identify your seat. Less confusion and kept freeloaders from getting a free meal.
Originally Posted by dburdick
May 19, 2012, 02:17 PM
I have one, and a friend of mine has three. They are mine car tags. When coal or other material was loaded by hand the miner would put his tag on the car he loaded.
May 19, 2012, 02:47 PM
May 19, 2012, 02:52 PM
And any idea on how old it might be?
May 19, 2012, 03:04 PM
Ours are from around 1880 and are "valued" at $25-30. We know where ours are from because of the mine that used to be there. Yours is similar to ours, so I would make an estimated guess that it would be the same unless its from a gold mine. Anything to do with gold is more valuable for nostalgic reasons. Good find!
May 19, 2012, 03:54 PM
The New Albany gold mine is just a couple of miles from where I found this.
May 19, 2012, 04:19 PM
If it is from the gold mine I wouldn't take any less than $50 if it were mine and I was going to sell it.
May 19, 2012, 07:55 PM
When i lived in WV i use to find ones sorta like that. Normal there ID tags for people heading down into the mine. Board set up somewhere near mine would have your name on it and an in and out hook. When you were heading in you hung your tag on the in when you came out you would flip it to out. This way was an easy way to see who might still be left in mine. More so if there was ever a cavein searchers would know. The tags i found were sorta like yours.
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