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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 1, January 4, 2015, Article 25

THE MISSING MISSOURI GOLD SALES TAX TOKENS

Kevin Barnett submitted this item via Dave Bowers. Can anyone help? -Editor

In 1937, the Scovill Mfg. Co. presented gold One and Five Mill Missouri Sales Tax Tokens to Director of Sales Tax George H. Bates and State Auditor Forrest Smith, in recognition of Scovill being chosen as the manufacturer of the new Missouri zinc tokens. They’d look like this, only gold.

Missouri 1 Mill sales tax token obverse Missouri 5 Mill sales tax token obverse

No one has seen one since 1964. Here’s what I know:

  • A One Mill example was reportedly stolen from noted numismatist Eric P. Newman on Oct. 11, 1964, and was never recovered.
  • Forrest Smith died in 1962; G.H. Bates died in 1978. Smith had 2 daughters; Bates had 2 sons and a daughter.
  • The archivist at Scovill shows no record of the event. So far, I have found no records of them at the ANA library or the Missouri Archives.

If you have any information that could lead to the whereabouts of these gold sales tax tokens, please contact me.

Kevin Barnett
17404 Hilltop Ridge Dr.
Eureka MO 63025
eldeaco@yahoo.com
314/640-9091

American Numismatic Assn. member #175371
SLNA member # 1595

I confirmed that these were once in Eric Newman's possession. He writes: "I did indeed have this item in gold and it was well known that I had it. The burglars knew what they were going for. I have always felt that it was probably melted down for its gold value." -Editor


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