Wanted: Old Trade Tokens

The Museum is looking for information on old trade tokens for a new exhibit. In the 1800s, local businesses created “trade tokens.”  Most tokens are good for a certain monetary amount in trade, hence the nickname “good fors.” Among the earliest adopters of trade tokens were saloons, pool halls, ice suppliers and general stores.  These tokens have value among collectors, and value is determined by how many are in circulation.  It is estimated that almost 100 tokens were produced in Washington County, some of which only 3 or 4 are left in existence.  The museum has a collection of these tokens and we are looking for more.  We need information on the businesses these tokens represent, and even photographs of the businesses.  If you have any of these tokens, consider a donation to the museum, or a temporary loan for our exhibit.  Contact Curator Faith Norwood at curator@wcnemuseum.org or call her at 402-468-5740.

For a list of Washington County Trade tokens that we are looking for, click HERE

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