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Very Scarce 1850s Louisville Saloon Token, ex John J. Ford Jr.

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Very Scarce 1850s Louisville Saloon Token, ex John J. Ford Jr.

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SKU: 2598907014

$375.00

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(ca. 1855) St. Charles Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky token. Silver, 13 mm. Miller KY 19. AU-50 (NGC). A very unusual antebellum silver token, likely equal to either a three cent silver coin, whose diameter it matches, or a half dime. The inscriptions are scant: St. Charles / J.J.F. on the obverse with Louisville / KY and a star on the reverse. The issuer was the St. Charles Hotel in Louisville, a tavern owned by John J. Felker from approximately 1848 to 1861, located at 315 W. Market Street. (Today, it's a FedEx Office.) Felker was also on the board of the German Insurance Bank of Louisville, founded in 1854 and was the publisher of a German language newspaper in Louisville in the same era. His tokens are scarce today, and of the half dozen or so I've seen half have been either holed or badly dented. This was by far the superior of the two owned by John J. Ford, Jr., who undoubtedly liked the J.J.F. inscription on this type. A mangled specimen surfaced in England a year or so ago and realized almost $300. This one is darkly toned but retains some lustre and generous original appeal. It is a charming relic of the Ohio Valley before the Civil War, a fine inclusion in a collection of saloon tokens or even an interesting add-on to a collection of half dimes.

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade AU50
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2598907014

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Details

(ca. 1855) St. Charles Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky token. Silver, 13 mm. Miller KY 19. AU-50 (NGC). A very unusual antebellum silver token, likely equal to either a three cent silver coin, whose diameter it matches, or a half dime. The inscriptions are scant: St. Charles / J.J.F. on the obverse with Louisville / KY and a star on the reverse. The issuer was the St. Charles Hotel in Louisville, a tavern owned by John J. Felker from approximately 1848 to 1861, located at 315 W. Market Street. (Today, it's a FedEx Office.) Felker was also on the board of the German Insurance Bank of Louisville, founded in 1854 and was the publisher of a German language newspaper in Louisville in the same era. His tokens are scarce today, and of the half dozen or so I've seen half have been either holed or badly dented. This was by far the superior of the two owned by John J. Ford, Jr., who undoubtedly liked the J.J.F. inscription on this type. A mangled specimen surfaced in England a year or so ago and realized almost $300. This one is darkly toned but retains some lustre and generous original appeal. It is a charming relic of the Ohio Valley before the Civil War, a fine inclusion in a collection of saloon tokens or even an interesting add-on to a collection of half dimes.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade AU50
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2598907014

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