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Anyone recognize this token overstruck on an 1864 2 cent piece?

IkesTIkesT Posts: 2,570 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited February 17, 2024 8:05PM in U.S. Coin Forum

The token (or possibly game counter) is weakly and unevenly struck over an 1864 2 cent coin. Both sides have the number "20" in the center. One side has a wreath around the margin; the other has text and a star (perhaps there is a second unseen star, if the design is symmetrical). The upper and lower words appear to end in the letters "NING" and "WS", respectively.




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    IkesTIkesT Posts: 2,570 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CaptHenway said:
    Here’s a hunch you can research. In the 19th Century some big city newspapers used tokens to keep track of how many papers a street vendor received. It also allowed the vendor to pay a fraction of a cent for a paper that sold for one cent. He buys a 20 token for, say, 9 cents and turns it in for 20 papers. Note the legend, which might say EVENING NEWS.

    Thank you very much - that sounds very promising! "EVENING NEWS" is a much better fit than anything else I could think of.

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