Please find attached two pictures of a token that I have recently acquired. Would you be able to help me identify what this token is or point me in the direction of where I can find material on how to identify this token?
A token that does not identify the issuer is called a maverick. These are particularly challenging to identify. Having said that, you have a Van Brook of Lexington Inc. token. According to the company website: “Ultra-high products called CT Tokens are our most sophisticated tokens and are needed for high-value applications. Hardest to counterfeit, we make them by combining two different metals to produce a unique and highly reliable electronic signature.”
Are there any notable varieties of the 1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition half dollar?
There are two satin finish proofs, a matte proof, and trial pieces composed of copper, silver, or gold that lack the San Francisco mintmark. Among the coins made available to the public is the double punched mintmark variety.
My Pan-Pac 1915-S half dollar has a rim indentation on each side. Is this damage, or did the Mint issue the coins this way?
This is a Mint production problem, which for that reason should not be considered when grading the coin.
There is a so-called dollar for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition cataloged as HK399 to HK401 depending on its metal composition. Is this an official issue?
The HK399 to HK401 so-called dollar medals were authorized by Congress and struck at the U.S .Mint exhibit on the grounds of the exposition.
Were there other Pan-Pac medals that weren’t officially issued?
There are medals, most of them composed of bronze or silver plate, that were issued by states participating in the exposition. These medals were meant to raise funds for their exhibitions. Those issued by Maryland were given away to officials and others on Maryland Day.
What is a trime?
It is a nickname given to the silver three-cent piece first struck in 1851.
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