Here's another interesting numismatic item from the September 2011 issue of the Alaskan Token Collector and Polar Numismatist.
On August 2, the Fairbanks Coin Club was invited to the University of Alaska Museum to view the numismatic items in their collection. This was the most intriguing piece. Does anyone know anything about it?
The legends read: "One 1 Fin, Alaska Fish Money, Try and cash it. This certifies that there has not been deposited one silver salmon in the Treasury of the United States of America, Printed on the skin of an Alaska Salmon, Ole Olson, Never a President." It is printed in green on salmon skin.
This has the look of a satirical item from the 1930s. It's not listed in the Standard Catalog of Depression scrip of the United States by Ralph Mitchell and Neil Shafer. There were many related items issued by private individuals in the era when scrip notes by local counties and school districts proliferated. It's the first note I've ever heard of being printed on salmon skin!
Wayne Homren, Editor
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