One item that caught my eye in Joe Levine's e-mail token and medal mini sale list #86 (published August 14, 2014) is this interesting made-from token. To an aficionado of the history of science, technology and business like myself, this is a really neat item.
GRANVILLE STOKES ATLANTIC CABLE RELIC TOKEN.
21.6mm. White Metal. U n i f a c e . Extremely Fine. G. STOKES. FINE/
CLOTHING/ 607/ CHESTNUT ST. PHILA. Struck on a 7mm thick cross section
of the Atlantic Cable.
According to Rulau, “Granville Stokes purchased a portion of the first Atlantic
cable, cut off quarter inches in thickness and had a suitable die made for striking one
side, the other side showing the arrangement of the wires. The first cable was laid,
unsuccessfully, in 1858.” Rulau states that only 4 to 6 are known. We suspect that
estimate is a bit low. $395.00
Wayne Homren, Editor
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