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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 24, June 12, 2005, Article 15

NEW HAMPSHIRE TURNPIKE TOKEN DEMISE

Dick Johnson writes: "The E-Sylum ran an item about
New Hampshire turnpike tokens four weeks ago (vol 8,
no 20, 15 May 2005). Their impending death is still making
news, being replaced by E-ZPass. The Concord Monitor
states the state senate and governor are still debating the
decision.

It also revealed some interesting facts. The tokens depict
the Old Man on the Mountain  you know, the rock
formation that fell off once the device was depicted on the
U.S. New Hampshire state quarter. And a metal-detector
beachcomber tried to return some of the tokens for cash
but the turnpike officials refused.

Also it costs "$13,000 a month to haul them from booth
to bank to booth and $230,000 last year to count and
re-roll them." Apparently they tried to have the toll takers
count and re-roll them in toll booths, but this caused delays
in making change. Backs up the traffic.

I suggest NBS Secretary-Treasurer David M. Sundman
buy up some of the tokens and issue matched sets with
token and NH quarters in a holder titled "New Hampshires
Vanishing Monuments." Go ahead, Dave, use some NBS
money if you wish. I'll buy a set.

Anyway, the Concord Monitor article is at: Full Story

[I won't speculate on how NBS funds should be spent,
but this would be an interesting pairing of items. -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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