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Lot 307: CIVIL WAR TOKEN: 1863 New York, New York. M.S. Brown, CU Cent Token (21mm, 3.64g, 7h)

AUCTION:  Laurel Certified Coins, Auction 3: Ancient, World and US Coins (Auction 377)

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  • Starting Bid: $45
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CIVIL WAR TOKEN: 1863 New York, New York. M.S. Brown, CU Cent Token (21mm, 3.64g, 7h). F-630N-4a. Mr. Brown, whose occupation isn't mentioned on his store cards, was a liquor and cigar merchant. The name Eureka on the back on his store cards was likely a name for his business. His store cards were obtained from fellow New Yorker Louis Roloff. A total of seven custom dies were prepared, although two of the dies apparently were only used to strike numismatic rarities. Of the remaining five dies, four are similarly designed obverse dies and only one is a reverse die. The obverse dies were only used in combination with the single reverse die. All four obverse dies were used to strike tokens for circulation on copper planchets. The rarest of the four circulating token varieties was struck from the obverse die that misspelled Mr. Brown's name substituting W for the initial M. This token variety with the spelling error is extremely scarce. The other three circulating varieties range form common to scarce in availability. https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-York-NY630N-4a-Choice-UNC-RB-M-S-Brown-Liquor-and-Cigar-Dealer-Eureka-/264810724339.

Lot Details
  • Offered By: Anne Dohrenwend
  • Lot #: 307
  • Listing #: 3337
  • Closed: Thursday, July 7, 2022 12:42:00 PM CT
  • Estimate: $75