Token: US Ames Furniture Federal Savings 1920 to 1960
This, apparently, is a merchant token, although we have been unable to place 'Ames Furniture Federal Savings.' And, sure enough, it looks like an old-fashioned ice box on both sides. Judging from the composition and style, it comes from the early to mid-1900s.
Tokens like this are collected by a small but energetic subset of coin collectors, and this is what makes them valuable. However, with only a small subset collecting, values are not high:
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $12
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Thomas Ruffing has written to us, pointing out that the object on these tokens is likely a parking booth, and that a similar design can be seen on other parking tokens. He writes: I have come to the conclusion that they are parking tokens, the object on the coin is exactly the same as other parking tokens and is on various other ones. I have not found where it was, but I believe this was for a shared parking lot of a Federal Savings, and an AMES Furniture.
Thanks for the info, Tom. We appreciate it!
, Genre: Tokens
Requested by: Steve, Tue, 25-Mar-2014 14:35:13 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Thu, 26-Jun-2014 14:09:47 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal updated., Fri, 25-Mar-2016 02:24:31 GMT
Requester description: Copper Token OBVERSE: Outer half has a wavy design with words FEDERAL SAVINGS at the top and the bottom displays a diamond type symbol - The inner token displays a refrigerator /ice box and 6 to 7 horizontal marks / lines connecting from the outer side of token to the refrigerator. REVERSE: Has the same exact same design as the obverse side, except for the wording is different. The outer half displays the words AMES FURNITURE
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