Once again, E-Sylum readers have come through with a spot-on attribution for a mystery piece. Here's what we've learned about the copper token Saul Teichman inquired about last week.
Joe Boling writes:
The piece is described as having "the same design is on both sides, except that the initials JS are at the bottom on one side." It's Josef Stalin's pocket piece, of course. Makes as much sense as the conspiracy theories about John Sinnock's initials on the Roosevelt dime.
Joe Levine writes:
The unknown copper token is the interior of the reverse of what Rulau/Fuld call a Radiant Eagle Counter (Rad-14). These pieces apparently come with an additional border around them.
Ken Barr writes:
The illustrated item is an American gaming counter, $20 (double
These items are cataloged in "American Counters, Part 1, Double Eagle and Eagle Gold" by L. B. (Benj) Fauver, privately published, 1983.
The specific item is listed as "20"-2005 / "20"-2010 (34 mm, plain edge, issued in both brass and gold-plated brass versions).
It's fairly common (despite a high rarity rating in the catalog), and probably worth in the $10 - $15 range these days.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: UNKNOWN COPPER TOKEN IDENTIFICATION SOUGHT
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