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Mahoney token

Does anyone have any information on this Mahoney token? I looked all over the place and can't seem to find any information regarding it such as the date or how Minney was made, or how much it may be worth?
Any info would be appreciated!!



  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,859 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 9, 2023 9:50PM

    Nice, rare token!

    Here's some info:

    eBay seller said:

    You are bidding on a neat old GOOD FOR / 12½¢ / MAHONEY / IN TRADE 12½ trade token attributed to Leesburg, Idaho. There is quite a bit of history online about this historic ghost town. The town was named Leesburg after General Robert E. Lee because most of the settlers were Southerners. The town was established in 1866 and grew substantially, supporting over 100 businesses and a population of 7,000.One of the ghost town forums notes that there was only one inhabitant of the town left in the early 1970's.The town is now uninhabited, but has a few remaining buildings on the towns main street. This token is listed as R8 in my copy of Idaho Tokens which translates to 3-4 known. The token looks like it was dug, but has a beautiful reddish brown patina. The token is made of brass and measures 29mm in diameter.

    Ref: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/mahoney-leesburg-idaho-id-ghost-town-1864922809

    Here's some history of the town:

    Wikipedia wrote:
    Leesburg was established after gold was discovered at the Leesburg Mine on July 16, 1866. The mining town was named for General Robert E. Lee because most of the settlers were Southerners.[6] It once had a population of 7,000, including Chinese; 100 business firms; and a main street a mile long. Miners dug over 400 miles of ditches to carry water to sluice out gold. By 1930 placer mining was carried on nearly entirely by hydraulic methods. The mine produced nearly $16,000,000 in gold prior to 1938.[7]

    Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leesburg,_Idaho

  • ZoinsZoins Posts: 33,859 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 9, 2023 9:59PM

    Sounds like the Mahoney family had some influence in the area.

    There was a hotel in 1908.

    National Park Service said:
    The structure is shown on the 1908 map of Leesburg where it is labeled as the laundry owned by Alice Mahoney, proprietor of the Leesburg Hotel.

    Ref: https://memory.loc.gov/master/pnp/habshaer/id/id0100/id0169/data/id0169data.pdf

    There's also a Mahoney Creek and Mahoney Family Safety Center now.

    From Google:

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well that is different... 12 1/2 cents.... Thanks for the history on the town. Cheers, RickO

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,667 ✭✭✭✭✭

    And you've got an authenticated and stabbed one. Nice.

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  • The_Dinosaur_ManThe_Dinosaur_Man Posts: 836 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Neat piece with a fun story!

    Custom album maker and numismatic photographer, see my portfolio here: (http://www.donahuenumismatics.com/).

  • fishteethfishteeth Posts: 2,236 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have spent a lot of time wandering around Leesburg, Idaho. Good friend has a ranch in Salmon. There is a neat ghost town with a number of old buildings still. a couple of great trout rivers and some old mines to explore

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