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    1864 W. Perkins, Jr., Detroit, MI, F-225BD-3d, R.9, MS65 NGC. William Perkins, Jr. owned the Perkins Hotel (MI F-225BC) which was located at the corner of Grand River Avenue, Middle St. and Cass Avenue in downtown Detroit. As noted on this token, he also owned a grocery & provisions store, and a meat market. The Perkins Grocery & Provision Store fronted on Grand River Avenue measured 21 feet wide and 80 feet deep. Industries of Michigan, City of Detroit (1880) notes the grocery store "is stocked with a general assortment of staple and fancy groceries, teas, coffees, sugars, spices, canned goods and county produce, and is liberally patronized by the better class of customers from all the sections of the city." This Store Card offered in this lot is the extremely rare copper-nickel strike, dated 1864 and with the 1047 reverse. Full field reflectivity is evident on both sides of this lustrous tan Gem. Traces of gold toning and faint dark spots are inconsequential on this impressive specimen.
    Purchased from C. Verhoeven (3/14/1946) for $2.50.
    From The Clifton A. Temple Collection.


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