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Coin? Token? from historic Alaskan town

Sleuthful numismatists:

 

I'm an archaeologist in Seward Alaska and recently I came across an object I can't identify. Is it a coin, a token, jewelry, something else? It came from the back dirt from a utility trench and probably from a deposit typical of early Seward between 1900-1910: broken glass, ceramics, coal, clinker, leather bits, nails and bones.

 

At first I thought it was a Liberty Nickel, but that's not it. The reverse side appears to have no markings, the obverse some six pointed stars that under magnification via high res scanning looks to be like the stars were hand stamped. Not much other data. It isn't particularly corroded judging by the clarity of the stars, but there is some patina or oxidization but not iron. The iron on the coin edge is accreted from a nail. If its a coin, I suspect its silver.

 

I've attached several images of the object.

 

Any revelations - stray, crazy or otherwise - are much appreciated!

 

 

Mark Luttrell

Archaeologist, Seward


5 years ago

Whatever it is it's too far gone. Wish it were better. Good luck.

5 years ago

Looks as though it had 13 stars perhaps. The images are difficult to tell if those are incused.

5 years ago

My first long post blipped out, maybe. I see a TOKEN. USA if there are 13 stars, looks uniface, Canadian or other if the central figure is holding a staff or torch. The metal needs determination, probably copper or brass. Better photos with iron removed to determine the number of incuse (?) stars. The Token Database might help after that.

4 years ago

I doubt y o u will be ever able to tell the environment got to it first. Maybe a third party grader but in doubt that to.

4 years ago


4 years ago

Way too far gone for me. Environmental damage. Try TPG..??

4 years ago

@Longstrider
Way too far gone for me. Environmental damage. Try TPG..??
 Hi Longstrider. What is TPG? Could you respond to prufrock@arctic.net please and thank you

4 years ago

Maybe I am too late for your purposes, but it appears to be a gaming counter. I am guessing it is a Liberty head in the circle of stars. Which counter I am not sure. But they would have been used in the saloons and other places with gambling games.

4 years ago
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