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    (1861-65) J.B. Leonard, Battle Creek, MI, F-60B-1a, R.8, MS63 Brown NGC. Although this token specifically identifies the merchant as J.B. Leonard, the Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory records James V. Leonard, a boot and shoe maker in Battle Creek. Other documents suggest that J.V. is correct. The 1860 Federal Census records J.V. Leonard, a 50-year old shoemaker in Battle Creek, who was born in New York. A decade later, he was still 50 years old, according to the 1870 Census. An interment for James V. Leonard appears in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, with a death date of June 12, 1872. The reverse of this token identifies its manufacturer, Alexander Gleason of Hillsdale, Michigan. Although certified Brown, it retains considerable original orange luster, especially on the obverse.
    Purchased from James Kelly (5/7/1943) for 35 cents.
    From The Clifton A. Temple Collection.


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