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Unknown Token Dug In Missouri

 
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 Posted 05/19/2022  10:44 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CopperheadLaw to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The other day I dug an unknown copper coin in an area that I have found coins as old as the 1840's. the coin is copper, quite thin and is just slightly smaller in diameter than a US quarter. on one side is 2 1/2 with a P above and a W below. The other side appears blank but it is quite crusty. The token has a slightly raised edge. I know this is a long shot, it is probably a token local to the area and may not have any known record of existence.
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 Posted 05/19/2022  11:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Safaga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You did not list where in Missouri the token was dug. This is also a long shot, but if it were near Weingarten, MO it may be from the Prisoner of War (PW) camp located there.
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 Posted 05/19/2022  11:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CopperheadLaw to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It was found on the other side of the state in Pleasant Hill Mo. Pleasant Hill has a lot of Civil War History. It was occupied by the Jayhawkers and burned, then later liberated by Quantrill and the Missouri Bushwackers.
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 Posted 05/19/2022  12:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Have you looked here? http://tokencatalog.com/
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 Posted 05/19/2022  6:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cointagous to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Do you have a photo of the other side?
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 Posted 05/19/2022  8:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@cop, that is an interesting find. I wonder if you could also give us an accurate weight for this piece. I'm thinking it might be a brass 2.5 pennyweight weight used with old fashioned balances.
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 Posted 05/20/2022  10:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CopperheadLaw to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Spence, that is an interesting idea. That would make perfect sense. I will weigh it when I get home. I showed it to a local historian. He told me there were a couple of businesses in town that this token may have come from. Pelzors Wagon & Woodworking Co. Circa 1870, Powell & Waylond Theatre Circa 1907. These are theories only, there is no known record of either business using trade tokens. Your idea might be a winner.
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