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H. T. Phila Two Scruples Apothecary Weight Token

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 Posted 06/13/2018  12:45 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Johnathan55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Neat little find, I did some googling and according to Britannica it looks like these weights were used for measuring medicine back in the day.

(It may look like I took two pictures of two different tokens but they are the same, not sure why one side is different from the other.)

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 Posted 06/13/2018  08:10 am  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a really cool find. I did some internet searching and it appears there is a pretty good collector base for these.
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 Posted 06/13/2018  11:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cool pickup, Johnathan. Given all the surface contamination present, I'd suggest using Coin Care or acetone on a swab to gently lift and remove same. Otherwise, the verdigris will eat into the token's surface. IMHO, it's worth conserving.

Early Philadelphia City directories are readily available at this website:

While residents are listed alphabetically, they are also listed by occupation or business toward the back of each volume. We know that your H.T. was a druggist, chemist or apothecary, so you might look under those headings to see if you can match the initials. Since your token is likely mid-century or later, you might work your way backwards, from the latest date.
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