USA 1960's - Ceylon MN

Post #529

An Aluminum token from Legion Post #529 of Ceylon, Martin County, Minnesota. Probably issued in the 1960's

Value35 ¢
Diameter23.6 mm
Thickness1.? mm
Weight?.?? gms
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Obverse: Good For around 35¢ at center with CEYLON POST 529 above and IN TRADE below incuse along the periphery.
Reverse: I.E.SCHMIDT & CO around ST LOUIS MO. in 3-lines relief at center.

A.E.Schmidt & Co. is the token maker from St. Louis, Missouri.

The Ernest G. Nassen Legion Post organized in 1920. They built the pavilion for their legion meeting hall. and later turned it over to the to the village of Ceylon.

1966 October 29, Shelton Gunaratne, on a World Press Institute fellowship at Macalester College, St. Paul had a friend from the Twin Cities bring him to Ceylon. He had discovered that his native island of Ceylon had a namesake in Minnesota. He met MN Senator Walter F. Mondale at Worthington's Turkey Days this fall. Gunaratne said of that meeting: When I told Senator Mondale that I was born in Ceylon, Senator Mondale said he was born in Ceylon, and soon discovered we were talking about two different places..

A blue plastic token was issued around 1976.

The 200 dpi images of token are displayed at 200 dpi. Image is from an e-Bay Auction by a Token dealer in Minnesota I won in 2004 April.

See also the Ceylon MN token site for more stories.