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 Posted 02/11/2018  11:25 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Dave H to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Picked this interesting item up at our club's annual coin show yesterday. I did some research and found out that after McKinley's death, people would line up along the railroad tracks and put coins, tokens, etc... on the train tracks to flatten them, and then either engrave or counter-stamp them to memorialize his death. This one has Sept 18th on it to indicate his arrival back to Canton, OH where he was laid to rest. It is on a 5 cent trade token w/ the name J. Kreuer on the back. Anyone know anything about the merchant who originally issued the token?





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 Posted 02/11/2018  11:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can't help, but that's an interesting story, thanks!
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 Posted 02/11/2018  6:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sounds like serious search required. Try tokens.net.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  12:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here are a few counterstamped pieces that had been flattened on the track. I also came across an engraved dime, a political love token.









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 Posted 02/13/2018  7:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dave H to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ExoGuy, are those your specimens?
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Hi Dave .... Yes, they're mine. I don't recall seeing the dime for some time now. It may be in a box somewhere. I have tended to part with most engraved pieces. I have a copy of the McKinley book that tells about kids putting coins on the railroad tracks over which the funeral train passed.
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 Posted 02/14/2018  7:58 pm  Show Profile   Check captainrich's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add captainrich to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here are some more examples of McKinley Funeral Train smashed coins, dated Sept. 14, 17, and 18, plus one nickel that had been made into a pin.

I also have quite a few smashed coins from the President Harding Funeral Train. I've heard that the practice of placing coins on the tracks for Presidential Funeral trains began with Lincoln, but I've never seen a flattened coin engraved with President Lincoln's name.

Below is also a StereoView card depicting McKinley's arrival in Canton, Ohio.



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 Posted 02/14/2018  8:13 pm  Show Profile   Check captainrich's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add captainrich to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a little more history on the coins smashed by President McKinley's Funeral Train:




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 Posted 02/15/2018  10:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the additional information.
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