S.H. Zahm Merchant Tokens
Fuld in his "U.S. Civil War Storecard Catalog" list the copper, brass,
and white metal examples as Rarity 5: 75 to 200 known. He
does have a silver version listed but the note says no authentic
silver pieces have been seen, only silvered white metal. In
Greenslet's "The Medals of Franklin" the brass and white metal
examples are listed as 11 to 15 known, the copper as 31 to 75.
He also list the silver version with no note about it being silvered
S.H. Zahm Merchant Tokens
Fuld PA525A-1a, copper, 19mm
Fuld PA525A-1b, brass, 19mm
Advertising card for his used book business
Fuld PA525A-1e, white metal, 19mm
Civil War Postal Cover issued by S.H. Zahm
These envelopes imprinted with patriotic themes were extremely
popular during the Civil War and began to be collected even before
the end of the War. This one was not postmarked until 1966 and I wonder how it was done with no address?
Were these tokens for this Lancaster, PA merchant issued during
the Civil War? Samuel Hensel Zahm was born in March of 1840
and in directories of the Civil war era was listed as a grocer in
business at the same location as his father, a jeweler. But the
following quote from "The American Stationer", January 1893
indicates he returned sometime in the 1870's to begin his antiquary
In 187o, after having been engaged in the book business in Kansas City and as traveling salesman for a Pittsburg firm, he returned to his native town, and with William Reichenbach opened a small second hand book store. His partner died in 1878 and Mr. Zahm formed a partnership with Samuel Auxer, under the firm name of S. H. Zahm & Co.
And in "Caspar's Directory Of The American Book", 1889 is found the listing "Zahm & Co; S.H. (S.H. Zahm, Sam'l Auxer. est 1875),
18-20 S. Queen Lancaster". Can we assume he was selling coins,
tokens' and medals while operating the grocery business or was
this part of his antiquarian book store operation? And would this
change the designation of these pieces as Civil War Store Cards?
Advertising card for S.H. Zahm's father's jewelry business. Notice the times on the back of the card - pre time zones!
Samuel H. Zahn Medal issued by Red Rose Coin Club
Chestnut & Walnut Passenger R.R. Co. Token
Fuld 750H-1b, brass, 19mm
The "one fare" token for the Chestnut & Walnut Passenger Railroad
Company of Philadelphia is one of the rarest merchant tokens
produced by Robert Lovett Jr.. This brass version is rated R-9 with Fuld listing the copper and copper-nickel versions as R-9 also. One
Civil War Token expert stated that you could count all of these on
both hands and have fingers left over! Robert Jr. also used the
Franklin die on the tokens for S.H. Zahm.
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