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An early Alaskan token dating to ca. 1910. The Copper Block hotel and saloon was open between 1907 and 1917. I was taken with the bird's-eye view of the harbor at Valdez and the reference to native copper. A relatively scarce early Alska token.

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Love it, Bill! How much did you pay for that beauty? I ask because I think it's fascinating and if I see a similar one next weekend, I might be tempted if the price is right.

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An early Alaskan token dating to ca. 1910. The Copper Block hotel and saloon was open between 1907 and 1917. I was taken with the bird's-eye view of the harbor at Valdez and the reference to native copper. A relatively scarce early Alska token.

 

Valdez(1899) was founded in 1898 as Copper City, the Copper Block Buffet was opened by H. F. Suessdorf in 1907 and was "for men only" had electric lights, steam heat and hot baths.

 

An interesting token with a very nice vista Bill.

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Love it, Bill! How much did you pay for that beauty? I ask because I think it's fascinating and if I see a similar one next weekend, I might be tempted if the price is right.

 

$85, the asking price was $125. Benice's 1979 catalog of Alaska tokens ists $35. Rulau's 2004 catalog lists $75 in VF and $125 in Unc. A somewhat similar token was issued in Seward and it runs about the same value.

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$85, the asking price was $125. Benice's 1979 catalog of Alaska tokens ists $35. Rulau's 2004 catalog lists $75 in VF and $125 in Unc. A somewhat similar token was issued in Seward and it runs about the same value.

 

Thanks, Bill. I always hate asking that question but, I have to to expand my collecting horizons. Sounds like it falls in a good price range.

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The related token from Seward, also featuring an aerial view of the Seward area. Rulau suspects the two tokens are related. That seems obvious to me as well. Also from Native Copper, but this piece has unfortunately been polished at some point in the past. Still, the pictorial image is nice.

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