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    1864 T.H. Armstrong, Detroit, MI, F-225C-4d, R.9, MS65 NGC. This Store Card was issued by Thomas H. Armstrong per the 1863 Detroit city directory and the 1863 Michigan Gazetteer. Armstrong's business was located at 176 Jefferson Ave. and his home address was 558 Woodward Ave. Per a short article by Cliff Temple in The Journal of the Civil War Token Society, Fall 1975, page 88, Thomas Armstrong was born in Buffalo, NY, October 13, 1821, and was of New England ancestry. After apprenticing with Henry Glover in Detroit he established a hat and cap store in 1844. "His trade increased and in 1848 he added a department for manufacturing furs, regalie, banners, and uniforms for the Masons, Odd Fellows, and other societies and military organizations. He continued in this line of business until 1872." Here is another extremely rare Store Card struck on a copper-nickel planchet. In addition to its rarity, one of only two or three known, it is also a stunning Gem with prooflike fields and lovely golden-tan luster. Minute carbon specks are barely worth mentioning.
    Purchased from C. Verhoeven (3/14/1946) for $2.50.
    From The Clifton A. Temple Collection.


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