A USA Fifty Cents Merchant Trade token from Herman Koenecke & William M. Ditz Billiards (1917-1940) in Ceylon, Martin County, Minnesota. In the early days of Pool halls there was always a Barber's chair and Bar. Koenecke was the Barber and Ditz was the Saloon keeper.
Obverse : Name K.&D. above and state MINN. below along
periphery, and town CEYLON, at center, between Diamonds and text
all within circle of stars. Reverse : Large 50 ¢ at center with text SCHAAE-VRLS? below and the legend GOOD FOR on top and IN TRADE below at bottom along the periphery, all within circle of stars.
See also token from 1908-1917 it was William M. Ditz & Son Saloon.
From 1940-1951 it was William M. Ditz Jr Saloon & Billiards.
Marlen Bents of Ceylon MN, sent me a photocopy of this Brass token he won at a local auction in 2002 November. Those images have now been replaced with a 300dpi scan of the physical token that I was able to make when I visited Ceylon MN on 9th-11th September 2005.
I thank Marlen Bents and Gerald Rosenberg of Ceylon MN, for the history.
See also the Ceylon MN token site for more stories.