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Can anyone reccomend any good online and offline resources for tokens? I have quite a large collection of tokens and do not know anything about them or where to begin.

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    Steve27Steve27 Posts: 13,274 ✭✭✭
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    cladkingcladking Posts: 28,339 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It depends on what kind of tokens they are. Some token books are easy to
    track down like the three volume Coffee Atwood transportation catalog. Most
    others are extremely elusive. Most states of the union have a catalog issued
    by an advanced collector of good fors. These are often spiral bound or loose
    leaf. There is a catalog for amusement tokens and another for car wash tokens.
    There is even one for telephone tokens though only a handful were printed. The
    Token and Medal Society lists several oddball tokens from time to time like the
    cracker jack. Krause did a 1963? catalog of Puerto Rican tokens and there is one
    out on S Amer mining tokens.

    If you join some of these organizations of collectors like the TAMS or the AVA they
    will at least point you to the books or to those who have them. There are also quite
    a few books on medals, medallions, decorations, etc.

    Most of this stuff is far better cataloged than modern US coins.
    Tempus fugit.
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    DracoDraco Posts: 512
    There are lots of tokens. . what kind?
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    Well I have all kinds everything car wash tokens, bar tokens for beer even a bunch of state luxury tax tokens.

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    cladkingcladking Posts: 28,339 ✭✭✭✭✭
    There is a tax token book also that was distributed by ATTS (American Tax Token Society).
    They may be able to locate a copy for you. I think they printed about 110 copies.
    Tempus fugit.
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    You might also find what you need at the ANA Library. They have 100's of titles for tokens and medals.

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    I'm late to the party here, but I have a couple of suggestions. There are a lot of different books about specific types of tokens, but they are often difficult to find. There are so many different types of tokens that general identification is difficult, but here are a couple places to start:

    1) Tokens and Medals - A Guide to the Identification and Values of United States Exonumia by Alpert & Elman. This book will not tell you about your specific token, but you can probably find some general information about what kind of token you have.

    2) https://tokencatalog.com/ is kind of Wikipedia for tokens. Anyone can sign up and add tokens, or add information to existing listings. Over 600,000 listings and more are added every day.

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    DCWDCW Posts: 6,975 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Late to the party?
    What's 21 years amongst friends?! 😆

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