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Offline Alex Island

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Alta Vela Island, rare tokens
« on: October 26, 2020, 10:02:23 AM »
Wery rarely encountered encased tokens, Alta Vela Island

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alto_Velo_Island

Alta Vela Island map

There is a publication in the journal: (c) TAMS Journal, Token and Medal Society (2006) Scanned Page: 14&15

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Re: Alta Vela Island, rare token
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2020, 10:14:21 AM »
I managed to find only one photo of such a token, but at the same time it differs with the inscription:
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Re: Alta Vela Island, rare token
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 03:18:52 PM »
Mica was used to protect the stamp in the encased postage used for change during the US Civil War. Intact mica windows, even if damaged, enhance the value and collectability of these pieces. I never heard the term "Mica Card" until now but it fits.

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Re: Alta Vela Island, rare token
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 05:13:10 PM »
Intact mica windows, even if damaged, enhance the value and collectability of these pieces.

Thank you, Bruce!  :)

I managed to find out so far only about three such tokens, and they turned out to be all different. Here is the third one in the lot description:
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Re: Alta Vela Island, rare tokens
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2020, 06:56:43 PM »
I'd like to have a copy of the Bower's reference, Alex. Unfortunately, these references on speciality areas of numismatics are quite expensive. I don't really have the budget for many such books.

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Re: Alta Vela Island, rare tokens
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2020, 07:28:38 PM »
I found another other token, the fourth in a row.
He is also different from others:
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Re: Alta Vela Island, rare tokens
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2020, 09:05:38 PM »
And another new find, again different:

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Re: Alta Vela Island, rare tokens
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2020, 09:14:28 PM »
You found a lot of interesting tokens, Alex. I especially like the ex.Bower's shell card. I'm surprised there's so many different ones out there.

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