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Trade Check Tokens

H. J. Thyes Owney tag

Description:

Owney received this trade check token from Herman J. Thyes, who worked as a liquor salesman in Reno, Nevada in the 1890s. Thyes produced a series of such tokens during his business career. Trade checks such as these were used much like coupons are today, offered by merchants as a lure to increase customers’ purchases. This token offered the owner “one drink or cigar” on one side, with a list of products for sale on the other. At some point in his career Thyes was the proprietor of The Crystal saloon on 2nd Street in Reno.

Date:
1890-1897
Markings:
H.J. THYES /JOBBER / IN / WINES LIQUER / AND / LEMPS ST. LOUIS / BOTTLED BEER (on front) GOOD FOR ONE / DRINK / OR CIGAR / H.J. THYES / RENO NEVADA (on back)
Medium:
metal (brass)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.81
Place:
Nevada
  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
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