USA 1920's - Ceylon MN


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.

Value50 cents
Diameter28.2/ 26.4 mm
Thickness1.? mm
Weight4.95 gms
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Obverse : Name K.&D. above and state MINN. below along periphery, and town CEYLON, at center, between Diamonds and text SCHAAE-VRLS?
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.