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    1825 Rathbone & Fitch Token, XF Details
    Rulau E-NY-654B, New York, New York

    1825 New York, New York, Rathbone & Fitch, Castle Garden, R. E-NY-654B, High R.6--Obverse Scratched--NGC Details. XF. Brass, plain edge. W.J. Thompson 16. Most of the known Castle Garden tokens are engraved with a name and subscriber number. Russell Rulau writes on page 49 of the Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900 that these pieces were probably subscriber passes. Rulau knew of one example in lead and eight in brass. The single lead example is housed in the American Numismatic Society collection. It is described as silver on their website,, and as lead in the Standard Catalog. However, the image at the ANS website suggests silvered brass to this observer who can now account for 13 different examples. New York City engraver and die sinker Richard Trested signed these pieces below the depiction of Castle Garden on the obverse. Jonathan Rathbone and Francis B. Fitch leased the property from the city of New York for five years at $1,400 per year. Previously called Castle Clinton, Rathbone & Fitch made improvements and hosted great events including an 1824 reception for Marquis de Lafayette. Although light scratches appear on the obverse of this light-yellow example, the overall appearance is pleasing. The strike shows weakness on both sides.
    Ex: Alan Weinberg (EAC, 4/4/1998); Donald G. Partrick.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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