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1893 J.G. Kinder's Temple of Economy - Christopher Columbus Token

ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,735 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited January 3, 2021 9:59AM in U.S. Coin Forum

Anyone have any information on this token? Is this cataloged in Eglit as a Columbian Expo piece?

Photos are from a recent Steve Hayden sale.

1893 Hamburg Illinois Good For Token Columbian Expo J G Kinder 5 Cents Rare Town

Ended: Nov 23, 2020 , 8:02PM
Winning bid: US $137.50

1893 Hamburg Illinois Good For Token, rare town. 1492 Christopher Columbus 1893. J.G. Kinder's Temple Of Economy Bargains In Everything Good For 5 Cents In Trade Hamburg, Ill.

I looked it up in Rulau but there wasn't much info.

Here's some info on the town from Wikipedia. Seems like it was an active town when the Mississippi was used for transportation but is now a small town.


Hamburg is a village in Calhoun County, Illinois, United States. The population was 128 at the 2010 census, up from 126 in 2000.
One hundred lots in the town of Hamburg were offered for sale by John Shaw in 1836. Once a thriving river community where apples were loaded and shipped, banks were busy and profitable, stores were laden with goods and shoppers, Hamburg now sits quietly along and sometimes in the waters of the Mississippi. The only public facility is the Hamburg Post Office. A bluff top monument overlooks the village, indicating the burial of riverboat Captain Swarnes who wished to be buried upright to command a panoramic view of the river. In 1975, National Geographic published a two-page picture with the Delta Queen heading up the Mississippi using Captain Swarnes' monument as the photographer's vantage point.


  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,735 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2, 2021 10:51PM

    Seems like there may be some info in the Cuba Review (Cuba, Missouri) on Thursday, September 11, 1941.


    The following is a Google search result snippet:

    After his marriage he purchased a store in Hamburg, Illinois; and also owned other business there, also was president of the bank in Hamburg. Mr. Kinder, at on

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,388 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Being buried upright to keep an eye on the world is an interesting thought. I wonder if any ancient civilization did that! Peace Roy

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Internment vertically would certainly make for more room in cemeteries.... ;):D Cheers, RickO

  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 30,352 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    Internment vertically would certainly make for more room in cemeteries.... ;):D Cheers, RickO

    I wonder if they secured the body somehow so it didn't just collapse into the bottom of the coffin.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jmlanzaf...Pegs in the coffin - one between the legs and one each under the arms... :D Cheers, RickO

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,735 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    Internment vertically would certainly make for more room in cemeteries.... ;):D Cheers, RickO

    Good point!

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,735 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here's my Elder token which seems to use the same obverse die.

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