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Unidentified American (?) token
« on: August 30, 2019, 07:08:18 PM »
I've had this token for about 15 years and have never been able to identify it. i always assumed it was a US issue because of the "of A" (of America?) at the end of the initials. I may have been wrong and looking in all the wrong places.

It appears to be a fraternal organization as the "Branch 109" might indicate a specific location. Many times the word "lodge" is used instead. I can't say as I've  seen the use of the term "Branch" before in reference to this type of organization. Any help would be appreciated.

The token is aluminum and is 24mm.

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Re: Unidentified American (?) token
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2019, 11:17:33 PM »
If you can't find, it do mere mortals have a hope? The info on the token says English-speaking country with decimal currency. That means US and Canada are the top candidates. Since you drew a blank, what are Canada's chances? In favour: the , the words "branch" and "of" (same elements plead for US). Presume that the first R means Royal and Canada becomes likely. Against: S. of A., if you assume the S stands for States, but what if it stands for Students? Also, no C in sight (no U either).

There is a French organisation called RNMA and it has an office in Canada. I mention it only for completeness, as I don't think it would have grown at least 109 little RNMA's in Canada. The token is professionally struck and I don't think it is contemporary. Aluminium probably means 20th century and not for a vending machine. Not a transport or telephone token, as it would have been catalogued already if it were. So what would a nickel buy in the past? I have seen the denomination used for chewing gum. I could imagine it buying a cup of coffee or tea in a staff restaurant in the interbellum period. Students come to mind once again.

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Re: Unidentified American (?) token
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2019, 12:35:15 AM »
My thoughts:

Could be R.N.M.A.Society.of America - but no idea what this is ???

R.N.M.A.Society.of Australia doesn't work and the with a line through it is not used down-under, its a north American thing I believe.

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Re: Unidentified American (?) token
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2019, 12:52:30 AM »
Its not Royal Navy as this is always styled RCN = Royal Canadian Navy.

I did find this Canadian Legion token, this too uses Branch.
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Re: Unidentified American (?) token
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2019, 12:41:36 PM »
Thanks for the input, everyone.

This could be late 19th century, but earlier tokens from that period were generally in brass. I always thought of it as a possible drink token, but the term "branch" sounds more official (?) not fraternal, at least in this country. If it's some kind of governmental issue then, it might be a commissary token...a good-for or 5 cents off the price of something. It could also be issued by a private company.

I'm going to look a little more into a Canadian connection. I'm just not getting anything on this one.

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Re: Unidentified American (?) token
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2019, 10:10:46 PM »
I did some looking the other day...  not quite enough clues for anything definite..  but the piece could have been to do with a certain branch in America of a communist (or similar) related organisation called the "R.N.M.A.S." active in the 1930s. I could not find a meaning for even part of the abbreviation R.N.M.A.S.

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Re: Unidentified American (?) token
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2019, 03:56:22 PM »
That's a great lead for me to research...thank you.

I did look into a possible Canadian connection as I had mentioned. Unfortunately, nothing came of it.

Thanks again.

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