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    ZumbroKid

    Rarest Token?

    What is the rarest token you have found?

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    Re: Rarest Token?

    Simpson, MN, Beaver, MN, and Sheldon, MN.
    These were all unknown tokens until they were found. There were actually three from Simpson found within a year.

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    Re: Rarest Token?

    The rarest tokens that exist are the Brasher doubloons. I haven't found one of those but I did find an unlisted variety of a hard times token and it is now listed in Rulau's Trade Tokens of north america 1700-1900 as being in my collection. It was listed in the third edition and no others have yet been reported even though they are working on the fifth edition now. I've also found some unlisted counterstamps but those are easy to find. Maybe one out of each ten I find are unknown. exanimo, ss
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    ZumbroKid

    Re: Rarest Token?

    i've found several unlisted also.

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    There are some really neat and expensive tokens from alaska that have a real gold nugget in the center of the token. I've seen pictures of them but only seen one in a collection in over 40 years of collecting tokens. exanimo, ss
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    Re: Rarest Token?

    What is considered a token? I have a blue moon saloon good for five cents. I also have a bus fair token from the 1940's. Are both a token?
    Burdie

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    Re: Rarest Token?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burdie
    What is considered a token? I have a blue moon saloon good for five cents. I also have a bus fair token from the 1940's. Are both a token?
    Burdie
    Hey, Burdie--

    In 25 words or less... yes!


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    Re: Rarest Token?

    Siegfried,

    Here is a page with one of them dar tokens from Alaska with the nugget in it. Plus a couple more.

    Jake

    http://www.e-adventure.net/Merchant2...Code=013tokens

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    Re: Rarest Token?

    Thanks TQ for the link. Helps folks visualize what i was talking about. Burdie. Here is a simple way to tell a token from a medal. Medals honor persons, places or things and do not have a value - they do not say good for something. Tokens do list what they are good for - fare, ride, no cash value, replay, etc. In older tokens there is an additional category called a store card. If your civil war token says something like not one cent or union forever then they are called patriotics. Generally used for any that do not show a location. The ones that do show a location or a merchants name are called store cards and are very popular. Some are also very valuable. Most civil war tokens are dated 1863 and a few say 1864 because they were outlawed in 1864 by the government. Saloons are one of the most popular categories of tokens and some bring fantastic prices. exanimo, ss
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    my unit motto - 138th Aviation Company -  224th Aviation Battalion - Phu Bai, I Corps, Republic of Vietnam - 1972
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    Milltowm Lumber Company scrip from Milltown Georgia.
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    found just recently 3 monarch nevada tokens.....before now there were only twelve known samples....all dug in monarch in 1968.....found 3 last week in tonopah......anyone know where i can find a price listing on them...nevada state tokens book, published in 1992 list them for $100.00, so did the price go up or down....
    thanks for the help
    lgp
    AINT NOTHIN LIKE HUNTING IN NEVADA

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    Mar 2003
    Indiana
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    Re: Rarest Token?

    down if you persist in telling folks you just increased the supply by 25%. Much better to let folks assume that what you have was from the original discovery. Put your worst one on ebay with a clear photo and tell the story of the original discovery. Don't mention your new discovery. Use the results of that auction to determine the trade or market value of your other two tokens. exanimo, ss
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    Re: Rarest Token?

    Quote Originally Posted by Siegfried Schlagrule
    down if you persist in telling folks you just increased the supply by 25%.
    Right you are, SS!

    A lady once asked me about a trade token that she'd found, and I told her it was very rare. She then confided that she'd actually found a large container of them. "How much is it worth?" she asked, and I replied that it was probably at least a $300 find. "One token, or all of them?" The only honest answer was, "It's going to be the same either way, if you tell anyone else what you've just told me!"


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    Re: Rarest Token?

    thanks for the help.....i am really not interested in saling them at the moment so my story doesnt really hurt the value....all i know is i have 3 of 15 known to be found.
    thanks again for the help.....will try to get a pic up soon.
    lgp
    AINT NOTHIN LIKE HUNTING IN NEVADA

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    Re: Rarest Token?

    Yeah. I wouldn't wanna invest my earnings in tokens LOL. The collectors are probably cursing us for digging up examples that affect the value of their collection. It is great that we are finding unlisted ones though. We should always try to get them listed in token publications. That way they're recorded, legitimate varieties if we ever part with them. If you ever find a cache of rare tokens, keep in mind that the demand for most tokens is quite small, and the market is easy to saturate. If you ever sell them, make sure you do so singly rather than selling the whole lot.

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