Historic displays of Virgil Earp, gunfighter tokens making debut

RENO, Nevada – The annual NTCA (National Token Collectors Association) is holding its show and auction at the Atlantis Hotel Casino & Resort in Reno August 30-31. Hosted by author Fred Holabird of Holabird’s Western Americana Collection, the event has a vividly exciting feel and promises to be very different.

More than 50 token and medal dealers from across the country will be participating in the

Wells Fargo & Company intricately detailed token.(Photo courtesy National Token Collectors Association)

Wells Fargo & Company intricately detailed token.(Photo courtesy National Token Collectors Association)

show bourse, including many of the most prominent names in the field. Attending dealers include John Heleva of Cal National Coin, one of the largest dealers in Americana; Larry Ellman, one of the largest medal dealers in America; Ron Lerch, western token expert; Holabird-Kagin, the largest token selling company in America; CT Rodgers, one of America’s leading casino chip dealers; Peter Spooner, author “Arizona Trade Tokens”; Mike Patton, the major dealer of Washington and Oregon pieces; and Duane Feisel, author of “California Saloon Tokens” will be among those present. Dealers are coming from Maine, South Carolina, Utah, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New Mexico North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington and other states.

There will be a number of important public displays. Nationally known collector Alan Weinberg is displaying an exhibit of “The Tokens Dreams Are Made Of,” two showcases with the top 20 of the best and finest of American tokens.

A separate display of the two different Virgil Earp tokens will also be shown publicly for the first time. These two historic tokens mark the “gunfighter” era, and are of keen interest to collectors. Complete sets of Carson City, Virginia City and Tahoe tokens will be on display for the first time. No complete collections have ever been assembled, let alone shown publicly until now.

Additionally, show attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite (and rare) tokens for a “token shootout”, where each participant brings a token and why they think it is important. NTCA members and show attendees will vote on several categories of these tokens, including rarity, history and other factors.

 Bohemian Club of Stockton, Calif., Good For 10¢ in Trade. (Photo courtesy National Token Collectors Association)

Bohemian Club of Stockton, Calif., Good For 10¢ in Trade. (Photo courtesy National Token Collectors Association)

The auction features about 900 lots of rare American tokens, worth more than $150,000. Included in this is a rare gold Alaska 2-inch medallion; uncommon Alaska, Arizona and California collections; the Clint Maish Nevada collection; and others. Of special interest is the Mel Reiter Canadian milk token collection.

For more information about attending the National Token Collectors Association annual show and auction, contact Andy or Joe at 775-825-1624 or visit www.tokencollectors.org. Merle Avilla, president of NTCA is also available at 707-585-3711. A few tables are still available. Admission is $5 for non-NTCA members and children 12 and under are admitted free.

 

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