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    1863 Godfrey Dean & Co., Detroit, MI, F-225U-3b, R.8 MS66 NGC. Imagine purchasing this extremely rare Store Card over 70 years ago for 30 cents! Godfrey Dean & Co. was in the picture frame business, with "Painters & Picture Frame Makers, Detroit" listed on the obverse die. The 1863 and 1864 directories list three principals for Godfrey & Dean, Joseph Godfrey, Horace M. Dean and Andrew J. Brow. The business was located at 48 Woodward Avenue. It is estimated that only no more than 10 examples of this token exist struck in brass, however very few brass tokens of any merchant have survived for almost 150 years in this lofty grade. The surfaces are stunning with brilliant olive-yellow luster that is slightly mellowed on the reverse. Trivial carbon flecks are hardly worth mentioning.
    Purchased from H. Leonard (5/20/1939) for 30 cents.
    From The Clifton A. Temple Collection.


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