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The Dice-Hicks Bale & Smith Low-207 Rarity

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(ca. 1835-38) George Washington / Bale and Smith storecard token. Copper, 26 mm. Baker-512, Low-207, HT-227. EF Details (NGC). Environmental Damage. Deep olive brown with even fine granularity on both sides. The detail is superb, neither masked nor diminished by the light roughness. No notable marks are seen, and even the central reverse is fully struck. This is a very rare token, perhaps a dozen times rarer than the famed Atwood's Railroad Hotel token which shares this obverse. The reverse advertises the engraving and token-issuing business of James Bale (former partner of Charles Cushing Wright) and Frederick B. Smith, who would continue to work through most of the 19th century. Rulau lists this number as a full Rarity-7 (one of the few things in the Rulau Washington book I think is fairly accurate). The Michael Brand Zeddies piece, more worn but smoother, brought $1430 in the 1990 Bowers and Merena Chris Schenkel sale. Roper, Oechsner, Steinberg, Leidman and more all lacked this variety entirely. Ford, whose hoard of tokens was unlike any other grouping ever assembled (he had 12 Atwood's tokens!), owned exactly one of these in copper, in addition to an even rarer specimen in white metal. His high grade piece brought a probably-too-soft $5,875, but then again it was part of a 1000 lot session of tokens and had a seven word description. This was the Dice-Hicks specimen, acquired at auction in 1996 at a price of $2255. It brought $1725 in the 2008 Dice-Hicks sale. Today, this classic Washington rarity can be had for a price in between.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC Details
Grade XF40
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 3670524010

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(ca. 1835-38) George Washington / Bale and Smith storecard token. Copper, 26 mm. Baker-512, Low-207, HT-227. EF Details (NGC). Environmental Damage. Deep olive brown with even fine granularity on both sides. The detail is superb, neither masked nor diminished by the light roughness. No notable marks are seen, and even the central reverse is fully struck. This is a very rare token, perhaps a dozen times rarer than the famed Atwood's Railroad Hotel token which shares this obverse. The reverse advertises the engraving and token-issuing business of James Bale (former partner of Charles Cushing Wright) and Frederick B. Smith, who would continue to work through most of the 19th century. Rulau lists this number as a full Rarity-7 (one of the few things in the Rulau Washington book I think is fairly accurate). The Michael Brand Zeddies piece, more worn but smoother, brought $1430 in the 1990 Bowers and Merena Chris Schenkel sale. Roper, Oechsner, Steinberg, Leidman and more all lacked this variety entirely. Ford, whose hoard of tokens was unlike any other grouping ever assembled (he had 12 Atwood's tokens!), owned exactly one of these in copper, in addition to an even rarer specimen in white metal. His high grade piece brought a probably-too-soft $5,875, but then again it was part of a 1000 lot session of tokens and had a seven word description. This was the Dice-Hicks specimen, acquired at auction in 1996 at a price of $2255. It brought $1725 in the 2008 Dice-Hicks sale. Today, this classic Washington rarity can be had for a price in between.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC Details
Grade XF40
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 3670524010

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