Michael Dixon writes "Today, I attended the Milton, WV show to promote the National Battlefield Coin Show™ in Gettysburg.  The show is a small venue with 29 tables, but it was a throwback to the coin shows of the 1970s and early 1980s with mostly raw coins.  I was amazed at the diversity, quality and quantity of coins.  The first coin I saw was an 1800 bust dollar in VF, which a buyer was negotiating with the dealer over.  Other mentionable coins I saw were: Colonials, Hawaiian, Feucht Grewanger cent, MORE >
 

WEST VIRGINIA SALOON TOKENS

By Donald Clifford
WV ANA Representative

You didn’t have to travel to Dodge City, Tombstone, or another western town to visit a saloon around 1900. A 1900 West Virginia business directory lists over 500 saloons, with about 125 in Wheeling. Parkersburg had almost 50 saloons, Charleston another 20 and Huntington over 15. Saloons were located along the routes that people traveled, by rail and boat, and where men worked in the coal and lumber business. Many of these saloon owners used tokens in their day to day operations. Gambling machines were found in many saloons and only tokens were to be used in them to keep them legal. Some 2½¢ tokens were used to rent cue sticks for use at the pool tables.

Tokens with just the owner’s name are the most common. While other tokens may have the name of the saloon like “Bridge Café”, “Grand Opera Café” or “Mecca Café”. The word Café was a nicer way to say saloon and this was an era of the temperance movement and Mrs. Carrie Nation, who was pushing for prohibition. It is said that Carrie Nation came to West Virginia in the early 1900’s and used her axe to mash doors of saloons in Fayette County.

West Virginia passed its own version of prohibition in 1913 and it went into effect on July 1, 1914, five and one half years before national prohibition. All these saloon owners had to find a new business. Some became pool rooms, others sold cigars and tobacco, and others became restaurants. Probably some near Ohio or Kentucky moved their operation out of West Virginia which gave them a few more years of operation.

About 100 different tokens are known with the saloon name and the word “saloon” on them, like the “Big Chief Saloon” from Charleston, “White Front Saloon” from Wheeling, “Klondike Saloon” from Bluefield, “Maine Saloon” and “Palace Saloon” from Huntington, “Star Saloon” from Central City (now Huntington), and “Red Rabbit Saloon” from Naugatuck. These tokens command a premium in the token collecting hobby because they have the word “saloon” on them.

 

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Mountain State Numismatic Society is formed, to serve collectors in West Virginia
Inaugural coin show set for July 18 in Milton, W.Va.

By Paul Gilkes , Coin World
Published : 06/01/15
 

The Mountain State Numismatic Society has been founded to serve collectors in the state of West Virginia.

The society will host its inaugural coin show July 18 at the VFW Post 9796 in Milton, W.Va., Details can be found on the society's website.

The society was organized by founding members Jake Miller and Cecil Starcher who are serving, respectively, as the society's treasurer and secretary.

Gregory Mencotti is the inaugural president, with Bill Wilcox as first vice president and Howard Rogers as second vice president.
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THE WHAT & WHYS OF COIN INVESTING:

By Greg Mencotti

Part One ~ Part Two

The first maxim of a good coin investment is that you sell it for more than your purchase price. Think about it – virtually every investment category or specific entity shares this maxim, and yet how can we know if we’re going to make a profit when we buy it?

Usually we don’t know. But we definitely can analyze potential purchases to skew our chances toward true profit. Attempting to quantify my chances of future profitability objectively (often difficult for a collector), the beast I’ve built considers these factors (in approximate order of importance): (Con't)

 

Keep an eye out for our new MSNS Bucks which will earn you a 5% discount off  purchases when presented to participating dealers at our shows. Not valid on purchases of strictly bullion items.

Appraising You Coin Collection By Kevin Flynn ©2015

Click On Book Cover To Read Or Download. Courtesy Of CoinZip

Show Goer's Survey

At recent coin shows we surveyed 100 attendees and found the following results. We asked questions in 4 categories. Not every question received a response.

HOW DID YOU LEARN OF THE SHOW?

Internet/Website~~2
MSNS Email~~1
MSNS Post Cards~~9
TV (Parkersburg)~~6
Coin Publications~~6
Newspapers~~31
Told~~36

AS A COLLECTOR YOU ARE?

Serious~~24
Casual~~50
Investor~~3

DO YOU COLLECT COINS IN SETS?

Yes~~58
No~~19

YOU COLLECT?

U.S.~~64
Foreign~~13
Exonumia~~5
Currency~~10
Bullion~~16
Everything~~15
Stamps*~~8
Postcards*~~1

*Our Parkersburg Shows Has 3 Tables for Stamp & Postcard Dealers.

 

We appreciate all the show goers who took time in allowing us to gather the above. The results will assist us in planning future events.