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Trade Check Tokens

Frank Theis Owney tag

Description:

Owney received this trade check token from Frank Theis’s saloon. The token offers 5-cents off “at the bar” to the recipient. There is no additional information to indicate where Theis’ saloon was located, or when he gave the token to Owney. Trade checks such as this were used much like coupons are today, offered by merchants as a lure to increase customers’ purchases.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
GOOD FOR / 5c /FRANK THEIS / AT THE BAR (on front) 5 (on back)
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Diameter: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.439
  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
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