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Demopolis trade token
Demopolis trade token  

Demopolis trade token
Demopolis trade token  
I'm really having a hard time finding any information about this coin.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,

Shield 5c
Shield 5c  

While I do not know about this token specifically, a quick search on the Internet revealed that in 1860-61, there were individuals working in Demopolis that could have used tokens. Let's say Braswell and Breitling continued to work and flourish in there field through the Civil War Period.

Tokens played an important role in commerce during this time, as coins were hoarded, and not available for use in making change. The reverse of your token resembles the shield nickel design, which was in use from 1866 to 1883.  

Demopolis is a city in Marengo County, Alabama. See:

From the Marengo County Directory for 1860-1861, I found the following: on Page 7 - Braswell, Wm J, tinner, Demopolis and Breitling, John, blacksmith, Demopolis. These two occupations are similar, and perhaps they owned a business together after the Civil War. For more information, see: or

I did find one token listing for Sam H. Breitling, in Demopolis. I don't know if it is related to your piece. See:

Some tokens from the south can be quite scarce to rare. You may want to contact Steve Hayden to try and identify and/or value your token. See: or Rich Hartzog
at POB 4143CNT - Rockford IL 61110-0643, (815)226-0771

You may also want to contact Alabama Token specialists at:

Hope this helps.

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I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


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