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18 Sep 2016

Nicholson's Token

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I have a profound respect for Eric Newman and find myself drawn to coins and tokens that have been in his collection. I only have a few trade tokens in my collection but felt the need to add this one. I tell myself that it probably held an important spot in Mr. Newman's collection because this is a St. Louis, MO token and is where he has spent most of his life.

I am regularly surprised by the vast variety of numismatic items that Mr. Newman collected. Personally I own several world coins and a handful of tokens. This particular piece I believe is considered to be a store card. It is not particularly rare or in the best of condition but for the reasons above I felt the need to have it.  It turns out that it is at least a mildly important token and one of the few that I know in the half dime denomination.

David Nicholson, born in Scotland in 1814, moved to Canada and then in 1838 to St. Louis. By 1850 he operated one of, if not the largest grocery businesses in the city from his store at Number 1 Fourth Street. Together with other business leaders, he was an advocate for the expansion of the ralroads as a means of ensuring St. Louis’ economic vitality. Nicholson was also one of the early landowners in Lafayette Square.

He was still in business in 1870, and died in 1880.



Comments

ShriekenGriffon

Level 5

That is such a cool and weird looking token!

user_7180

Level 5

Congratulations on a wonderful token. The history surrounding it makes it a treasured piece.

Bret@Idaho

Level 3

Great blog --- thanks

I'm not a collector of tokens, but you have an interesting one there. Thanks for sharing the history.

ChildOfTheWheat

Level 3

That is one killer token, looks amazing from here and im sure better in hand!

Kellen

Level 5

I just recently had correspondence with Mr. Newman! That is a really cool token!

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Kellen, I read about your correspondence with Mr. Newman. Very impressive.

Longstrider

Level 6

That's a beautiful piece. I also am drawn to EPN coins as well as Col. Green. They are coins from the people that are or were the backbone of our hobby. Thanks!!!

user_9073

Level 5

This blog is great. How luck to be able to own this get token with this great pedigree. BTW...any time when in St. Louis, go to the Eric P. Newman Money Museum on the campus of Washington University.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

I am only a few hours away from St. Louis. Next time there I plan on checking it out.

Mike

Level 7

What a great token! It's one of the nicest I've seen. Do you know where I pick up a few.? I need to learn more about Me. Newman's collection. Well done I learned again today. Thanks for everything. Mike

Pliny The Elder

Level 5

That is really special. I have never seen this denomination in the store cards before, just the ones modeled after the cents. Impressive all the way around, pedigree AND token.

"SUN"

Level 5

That is nice. Such a nice looking token.

coinsbygary

Level 5

What an amazing piece, I had no idea that there where half-dime tokens. I thought all the tokens where cents. Speaking of Mr. Newman, I have an AU-58 CAC 1859 Indian Head Cent pedigreed to his collection and I have a signed copy of his biography.

Longstrider

Level 6

coinsbygary, A signed copy. I'm very jealous!!!

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Very nice. I am jealous.

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