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    Undated Waterbury House Token, MS62
    New Haven, Connecticut, Rulau E-CONN-27

    Undated New Haven, Connecticut, Waterbury House, R. E-CONN-27, R.7, MS62 NGC. Brass, plain edge. There was considerable controversy regarding the issuing period of the Waterbury House tokens for many decades. At one time, George and Melvin Fuld dated these pieces to the 1850s. The late Steve Tanenbaum felt they dated much earlier to the pre-Hard Times era and Russ Rulau agreed with that assessment. The identification of N.H. as New Haven dates to 1863 in the Bangs, Merwin catalog of the Haines Collection. Rulau suggests that the small WBD on this token is the signature of the Waterbury, Connecticut die-sinker William B. Dunbar who was born in Connecticut in 1811. He is identified in the 1850 census as a "cutter." This lovely light-yellow example has excellent eye appeal with smooth surfaces and hints of gold toning. It is likely the finest known of just five or six that survive. Auction appearances are infrequent and always in lower grades than this piece that is the first example we have handled. These tokens are listed on page 18 of the Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900 where a value of $1,900 is recorded for the VF grade.
    Ex: Steinberg Collection (Stack's, 10/1989), lot 398; Donald G. Partrick.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2020
    6th Sunday
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