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Tennessee, Memphis. 1863 B.E. Hammar & Co. Drayage. 25¢. F-600C-1a. Fuld Rarity-7. GENUINE

Sharpness of Mint State, cleaned long ago and now retoning. Copper. Merchant's information and value on five lines. Rv. Indian Head to left, LIBERTY on headdress, 13 stars around, date below. Deeply lustrous medium rose surfaces with a few hairlines noted for accuracy. Rare, desirable, and visibly nice despite its noted shortcomings.

1860 Directory: "Benjamin E. Hammar, Hammar & Co. 341 Main Street. Dealers in butter, cheese, eggs, lard, pork, bacon, dried fruit, produce, etc." 1860-1861 Tennessee state gazetteer and business directory: "Produce and provisions . . . Hammar B.E. & Co., Memphis, Shelby."

From the Alan Bleviss Collection of Civil War Tokens.

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Tennessee, Memphis. 1863 B.E. Hammar & Co. Drayage. 25¢. F-600C-1b. Fuld Rarity-7. MS-64 (NGC)

Brass. Motifs as in preceding lot. A highly lustrous olive-gold specimen with exceptional eye appeal, and with some prooflike reflectivity in the fields. The strike is bold and the marks are at an absolute minimum. We suspect this could be one of the finest examples of the variety known to today's collecting community, so bid as though you mean it when this beauty crosses the auction block.

 Sold for: $920.00
 
From the Alan Bleviss Collection of Civil War Tokens.

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Tennessee, Memphis. 1862 B.E. Hammar & Co. Drayage. 25¢. F-600C-4a. Fuld Rarity-8. GENUINE

Sharpness of EF, some detritus and scratches. Copper. Motif as preceding lot. Rv. GOOD FOR / 25 / CENTS / 1862 on four lines. Deep golden brown with chestnut highlights. A few light scratches are noted. Rare in all grades.

Sold for:  $272.55
From the Alan Bleviss Collection of Civil War Tokens.

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Tennessee, Memphis. 1863 Wm. McDonald. Drayage. 25¢. F-600D-1a. Fuld Rarity-7. MS-63 BN (NGC)

Copper. Wm. McDONALD arcs above, DRAYAGE / 25 / CENTS at center on three lines, MEMPHIS, TENN. curves below. Rv. Indian Head to left, LIBERTY on headdress, 13 stars around, date below. Lustrous chestnut brown with rich mint orange highlights at the devices. Choice for the grade and highly elusive at this level.

1860 Directory: "William McDonald, laborer, north side of Poplar Street between Front Row and River." 1860-1861 Tennessee state gazetteer and business directory: not found. Dave Bowers notes: "McDonald received his business license on August 1, 1862."
Sold for: $977.50
From the Alan Bleviss Collection of Civil War Tokens.

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Tennessee, Memphis. (1861-65) Stockman & Co. F-600F-4a. Fuld Rarity-8. MS-64 BN (NGC)

Copper. Merchant's name and address around on three lines. Rv. PRESIDENTS HOUSE arcs over large building somewhat resembling the White House in Washington, D.C. Deep golden brown with exceptional eye appeal and soft underlying lustre. A nicely struck example of a decidedly rare issue.

1860 Directory: John Stockman, merchant, boarded at H.H. Potter's as did Mrs. Louisa Stockman; these being the only people with that surname listed. H.H. Potter, a wholesale dealer in liquor, wine, tobacco, cigars, etc., did business at 173 Main Street. His home was on the south side of Court Street between 3rd and 4th streets. 1860-1861 Tennessee state gazetteer and business directory: not found.
Sold for: $977.50
From the Alan Bleviss Collection of Civil War Tokens.

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