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    1879 T. Hobron 12 1/2 Cent Token, MS62 Brown
    Mint State Example of Medcalf 2TE-8, Six Star Reverse

    1879 12.5C T. Hobron, Kahului-Wailuku 12 1/2 Cent Railroad Token MS62 Brown NGC. Medcalf 2TE-8. Captain Thomas H. Hobron built the first narrow gauge railroad in Maui to help transport sugar from the plantations to Kahului's port. The railroad began operations in July 1879, the year Hobron began issuing these tokens. There are two varieties of the 12 1/2 cent denomination, one with six stars on the reverse such as this example, with the other variety displaying two stars. Hobron also issued 25 cent tokens, but they are extremely rare, with only three examples known. This piece graded MS62 exhibits brown and mahogany shades. The design elements are all visible, though lacking full definition. Very few marks are present, all minor. Listed on page 410 of the 2014 Guide Book. (NGC ID# 2UBN, PCGS# 600515)

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