USA CALIFORNIA cigar store token 1890s-1910s


USA, CALIFORNIA, token, no date (c. 1890s-1910s), Obverse: LA HABANERA CIGAR, Reverse: ROSENSTEIN COHN CIGAR CO. C.A. KLINKNER CO. S. F., copper, 20mm, VF

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A one cent sized copper token meant to circulate along with real coins at the turn of the 20th century.

A token is used like a coin but is not a coin. Rather it stands for a coin without the value of the coin. Maybe its copper but says its value is the same as a silver coin. Usually tokens were made privately but sometimes governments got involved.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending 3. other things that we are interested in.