The engraved Morgan dollar discussed last week prompted Alan Weinberg to submit the following. -EditorAbout that Anton Klaus Jamestown, D.T. engraved Morgan dollar that was obtained in Orlando, FL - the most important aspect of that dollar was the reference to D.T. - Dakota Territory. Had it just said North Dakota or N.D. , it would have been just another interesting and rare engraved dollar worth perhaps $100. With the use of D.T., the territorial appellation becomes operative and its value is multiplied by perhaps 10x.
I distinctly recall years ago seeing or examining either this D.T. engraved dollar or one of the other dozen or so made. No question about it.
On a related note, a little Dayton, Washington Territory Good-For trade token sold on July 3rd for $5,852 on eBay (see item #170233628847). The eBay seller, a couple in their 70's, had no idea what they had. NO Washington Territory tokens had been sold on eBay since its inception 10 yrs ago.
The last Washington Territory token to sell was in 2002 for $3,465, at a NATCA Omaha auction . Next to Idaho, Washington Territory is the rarest territory for known tokens with the self-evident territorial designation. There are only about eight different "self-evident" Washington Territory tokens known. This latest piece was previously unknown and unlisted in Al Erickson's massive 1998 Wash trade token tome, Washington Trade Tokens. $5,852 is not a record price for a trade token, although it may be on eBay. Some "Good-Fors" have exceeded $12,000 privately.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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