The Newman Numismatic Portal attracts visitors from all over the U.S. and the world. Often their questions are easily answered, but sometimes a mystery lingers. Project Coordinator Len Augsburger has a question to pass on to E-Sylum readers.
A Mysterious Whitehead & Hoag Token
A Newman Portal user asked about this Whitehead & Hoag Token, which was found in a collection left by her grandfather, a World War II veteran. Whitehead & Hoag were American manufacturers active in the early 20th century, but their records were all later destroyed. Roy Harte reported this piece in Coin World, February 10, 1965, and there suggested the obverse depicted Eve's temptation in the Garden of Eden. The reverse was recently shared with a number of Hebrew scholars, who could identify neither paleo or modern Hebrew characters. Google translate offered inconsistent results when attempting to decipher the reverse characters. Can any E-Sylum readers help?
Images: Whitehead & Hoag token, with closeup of manufacturer's name
Interesting. This has the look of a rebus puzzle, but I'm just as stumped as everyone else. None of this makes any sense to me. But an answer is out there somewhere. Thoughts, anyone? You can click thru on the images to higher-resolution versions on our Flickr archive.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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