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    1863 F. Geis, Detroit, MI, F-225AE-2i, R.9, MS65 NGC. Frederick Gies issued a number of Detroit Store Cards. Three different spellings are noted for this series of Store Cards - Gies, Geis and Geiss. Gies is the correct last name and spelling. Three of the four Gies dies have "& Bros. (Brothers)" on the die after the last name. This Store Card advertises "F. Geis & Bros." Fire & Water Proof Roofing business located at the corner of Cong (Congress) and Brush Streets, Detroit. The 1863 Detroit city directory has a listing for this business, "Gies, F & Bro (Frederick Gies, Paul Gies, John Gies), composition roofing, 93 and 95 Congress e." This is likely the correct match for this Store Card, and the three Gies are likely brothers as noted on both the token and in the advertisement. The spelling "GEIS" on the token is of course an error on die maker Stanton's part. Many of the Gies Store Cards remained in family hands for almost 100 years and eventually this hoard was sold into the market. However, there were no examples in the off metals, including this high grade example struck on a zinc plated copper planchet. The majority of the Gies tokens this cataloger has seen over the years are in circulated condition. This incredible Gem is brilliant light gray with reflective fields and pristine surfaces. Only two or three of these are known, and this is likely the finest.
    Purchased from E. Graf (10/26/1974) for $22.50.
    From The Clifton A. Temple Collection.


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