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The E-Sylum:  Volume 5, Number 30, July 21, 2002, Article 8

BINGLE, SHMINGLE

  Ron Benice, author of "Alaska Trade Tokens", writes:
  "Why are we still trying to connect a Rev. Bingle to the use
  of the word "bingle" as a name for tokens?   I had gently
  stated a few weeks back that the term predates the ARRC
  settlement and tokens of 1935.  Hal Dunn was more specific.
  The Chatanika tokens he mentioned as well as tokens from
  Long, issued circa 1914-1916, have the word "bingle" on
  them.  I  doubt that either Ed Willis or Fritz Welch who
  issued these tokens made up the term."

  Gar Travis sends this link to an illustration of an Alaskan
  token with the word "bingle" in the inscription - a 28mm
  bimetal token good for 25 in trade with Edw. C. Willis,
  of Long, Alaska.
  http://www.alaskatokens.com/graphics/forsale/binglelong25both.jpg

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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