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Store Cards

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / Wednesday, March 27, 2013 / Categories: Answers for the Avid Collector
Question: What is a store card? –M.A.

Answer: The term “store card” refers to a metallic token, such as a Civil War or Hard Times token, that bears the name of a specific merchant, store, tradesman or business. Thus, an 1844 copper cent-sized token bearing the name of J. Cochran, bellfounder, of Batavia, New York, is considered to be a store card. Somewhat related are “patriotic” and “political” tokens, usually with motifs relating to political figures, issues or sentiments.