I like finding tokens… All types of tokens. That’s one of the cool things about this hobby, you never know what you’re going to find. If I find a token I get excited. Usually they have some sort of identifying marks that makes them easier to identify and date.
One website that I like to use to identify tokens is tokencatalog.com. Token catalog is a collection of a half million token listings with over a quarter of a million images of scarce and rare tokens.
Recently, I added two tokens to the catalog. Both were found at old ozark homesites on separate hunts.
I found this HARRS token near an old barn site that was next to a creek. All that remains there today is forest land.
I’m still unsure what this token was originally used for. According to token catalog it appears as if this is one of two versions of this token with mine being aluminum and the other example being bronze. This Harrs token is listed on tokencatalog Here.
Back in the early 1960’s, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton had ‘sample stores” prior to opening the first Wal-Mart. These tokens were handed out for a sales promotion at the sample stores. Like the other token, I found this one next to a creek bank where an old house once stood long ago.
“SAVE AT THE SAMPLE STORES BENTONVILLE AND ROGERS ARKANSAS Reverse: EVERY DOLLAR SPENT EARNS 3% INTEREST WORTH 3¢ IN TRADE.” Token Catalog # TC-411232.
This token is listed on tokencatalog here.
It is finds like these that make the hobby of metal detecting so interesting. You never know what you’re going to find.
Both of these tokens are in rough shape and have no monetary value, but they do have historical value, and I thought it was neat to be able to add these tokens to the TokenCatalog.