The Smoker Token: No Pleasure Can Exceed the Smoking of the Weed NGC MS62PL $1600
No Pleasure Can Exceed the Smoking of the Weed/ JNT Levick Storecard M-NY-429 struck in white metal NGC MS62PL $2500 NOW $1600
Here is a great piece of Americana that always draws a lot of interest from regular coin collectors and exonumia enthusiasts alike. It is also featured in Q. David Bowers' "100 greatest tokens and Medals."
During the 19th Century, "the Weed" most assuredly meant tobacco, as the reverse suggests with its interlocking pipes. This was probably the intended marriage of dies as JNT Levick's business address is listed.
JNT Levick was an interesting fellow. A Civil War veteran with the New York Excelsior brigade, he was an avid coin collector and one of the pioneers of the American Numismatic Society.
He held an enormous interest in tokens and medals and had these special pieces struck by George Lovett.
Today, they are treasured for the whimsical depiction of a jolly old fat man smoking a stogie on the obverse.
Always in demand, they have a tendency to find permanent homes rather quickly. I'm offering it here before it goes out on my sales newsletter next week.
As always, reasonable offers may be considered if it doesnt immediately sell. Offered here at $2500, shipped.
Thanks for looking!
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