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Bank of St. Helena Owney tag

Description:

This token was given to Owney in St. Helena, California during his travels on the Central Pacific Railroad. The token advertises a $1.00 reward for the return of the item it would have been attached to. Tokens such as these, commonly known as key tokens, were used to identify their owners in case of loss. There is no date to indicate when this was given to Owney. The key token’s text instructs that the item should be returned to the Bank of St. Helena in St. Helena, California.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
$ 1.00 REWARD / RETURN TO / BANK OF ST. HELENA / ST. HELENA / CAL.
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. (1.59 x 4.13 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.36
Place:
California
  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
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