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    1863 Sam's Inn GOOD FOR A SCENT Token, VF35
    Fuld-LU-Q-1e (Formerly Fuld-MA115F-1e), R.9.

    1863 Sam's Inn Token VF35 NGC. Fuld-LU-Q-1e, R.9. Formerly Fuld-MA115F-1e, R.9. This very rare "punny" Civil War merchant token struck in white metal is attributed by NGC to Boston as Fuld-MA115F-1e. That is where "medalist, die sinker, and letter cutter" Joseph H. Merriam created a series of tokens from his firm, established in Boston's Brattle Square in 1850. His personal store card (Fuld-MA115E-1) includes this same device, a dog's head, the date 1863, and the GOOD FOR A SCENT legend.

    The present token employs the dog's head device with SAM'S INN on the reverse and large central 10, a "good for 10 cents" (or scents). The actual location of Sam's Inn is now unknown, and the current attribution is Fuld-LU-Q-1 (for location unknown). Regardless of the attribution, this is a very rare token; one quite similar, XF40 NGC, sold in our Long Beach Medals & Tokens Signature (Heritage, 6/2007) as lot 81678 for $2,990. This piece shows slate-gray surfaces with middling wear and darker charcoal high points.


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