Dick Johnson (referencing David Schenkman) noted that electrotype maker Samuel H.
Black also issued at least six types of storecard tokens. Dave forwarded the following images.
Samuel Black 1859 Storecard
Samuel Black 1860 Storecard
Aaron Packard forwarded some additional images of Samuel Black tokens. Thanks!
The first specimen is listed as Miller NY-63 and dated 1859. It was photographed using overhead
The second specimen is listed as Miller NY-65 and dated 1860. It was photographed using axial
lighting. Given that there exists both Samuel H. Black tokens, and Friend & Black tokens both
dated 1860, it would seem that sometime in 1860 Black went into partnership with Friend.
Both specimens were electrotypes, with their core planchets being made of lead. The softness of
the lead is apparent in the deformities of both specimens, but most especially in the NY-65
Of the multiple specimens that I have in the cabinet, these are the best examples because they
still possess the majority of their copper plating and are the least deformed.
On Saturday Aaron added:
I picked up a Miller NY-64 today at the Baltimore show. Despite being VF-20, I believe it
provides a good view of the underlying planchet; the majority of the copper plating is either
missing, or never adhered properly. Indeed, that’s why I bought the example today. Perhaps your
readers will find this third specimen, without most of its copper plating, also interesting.
Thanks! Neat item. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: OCTOBER 26,
2014 : Query: Samuel H. Black Electrotype Plate (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n44a09.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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