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Rustic 1840s Anson Loomis, Grocer, Token from Cleveland

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(1843-47) Anson Loomis, Grocer, Cleveland, Ohio token. HT-380. Copper. VF-35 (NGC). A rare and popular Ohio Hard Times token, featuring one of the crudest eagles ever memorialized on an American numismatic object (opposed by another popular all-American icon: a whiskey barrel). The surfaces are rich and smooth medium brown with some harmless ancient encrustation around some legends. A light vertical pinscratch is worn into the background in the right obverse field, another hugs the top of the barrel on the reverse (other apparent scuffs in the illustration are on the slab, not the token, though the slab appears quite see-through and intact in person). This crude type is one of several varieties of Loomis tokens struck, fully described and enumerated by Waldo C. Moore in a little-known 1913 article in The Numismatist. Moore points out therein that this variety is not listed in Low and calls it the "11 Stars" variety. The address used on this token, 34 Merwin Street in Cleveland, is found associated with Loomis for a few years in the mid to late 1840s, though Loomis worked as a wholesale and retail grocer both before this era and after. Offering "fish, whisky, foreign liquors, wines, & c.," one can imagine Loomis' store was a pretty popular business at the Cuyahoga waterfront in its day.

 

Catalogued as a Rarity-6 token, this variety and the other Loomis varieties are all highly elusive. The Ford collection included just three from these dies (including this piece), though five specimens of the "6 Stars" variety were included. The 1843-dated Loomis tokens (Low 158-160) are extremely rare. The better of Ford's two Low-158s hammered at $18,000 in 2004, and he never owned Low-159 or Low-160. This specimen last realized $657 in a 2014 Steve Heyden sale, where Steve pointed out that "an EF with short scratches realized $1,038 in our October 2011 sale." Now, with the Ford pieces all having found new homes, a piece of this pleasant quality should be worth over a thousand dollars today.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade VF35
Designation BN
Mint Location No
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2599872007

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(1843-47) Anson Loomis, Grocer, Cleveland, Ohio token. HT-380. Copper. VF-35 (NGC). A rare and popular Ohio Hard Times token, featuring one of the crudest eagles ever memorialized on an American numismatic object (opposed by another popular all-American icon: a whiskey barrel). The surfaces are rich and smooth medium brown with some harmless ancient encrustation around some legends. A light vertical pinscratch is worn into the background in the right obverse field, another hugs the top of the barrel on the reverse (other apparent scuffs in the illustration are on the slab, not the token, though the slab appears quite see-through and intact in person). This crude type is one of several varieties of Loomis tokens struck, fully described and enumerated by Waldo C. Moore in a little-known 1913 article in The Numismatist. Moore points out therein that this variety is not listed in Low and calls it the "11 Stars" variety. The address used on this token, 34 Merwin Street in Cleveland, is found associated with Loomis for a few years in the mid to late 1840s, though Loomis worked as a wholesale and retail grocer both before this era and after. Offering "fish, whisky, foreign liquors, wines, & c.," one can imagine Loomis' store was a pretty popular business at the Cuyahoga waterfront in its day.

 

Catalogued as a Rarity-6 token, this variety and the other Loomis varieties are all highly elusive. The Ford collection included just three from these dies (including this piece), though five specimens of the "6 Stars" variety were included. The 1843-dated Loomis tokens (Low 158-160) are extremely rare. The better of Ford's two Low-158s hammered at $18,000 in 2004, and he never owned Low-159 or Low-160. This specimen last realized $657 in a 2014 Steve Heyden sale, where Steve pointed out that "an EF with short scratches realized $1,038 in our October 2011 sale." Now, with the Ford pieces all having found new homes, a piece of this pleasant quality should be worth over a thousand dollars today.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade VF35
Designation BN
Mint Location No
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Circulated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2599872007

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