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  1858 Pioneer Base Ball Club Token
 
1858 Pioneer Base ball Club Token 
1858 Pioneer Base Ball Club Token
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1861
  • MANUFACTURER - John Bolen
  • SIZE -  1 1/4" in diameter
  • PRICE GUIDE - $500.00-$1,000.00
    Excellent-Near Mint condition

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NOTES:
 
    The 1858 Pioneer Base Ball Club tokens were made by the famous 19th-century medalist and coin collector, John Adams Bolen. The White Metal tokens were minted to 125 pieces, and 75 were struck in bronze. Possibly the first baseball medal ever struck. The face of the 1 1/4" Dia. token features an image of a Base Ball batter, with "J.A. Bolen" below it. "Pioneer Base Ball Club" text around the perimeter followed by 13 stars. Further text on the back reads, "Organized April 30, 1858, Play Ground on Hampden Park, Springfield, Mass." Crossed bats and ball at the bottom.

 The coins were ordered in 1861 by team Secretary Charles Vinton done in commemoration of the third anniversary of the formation of the Pioneer Base Ball Club in Springfield, Massachusetts, April 30th, 1858. The medallions were given to team officials, employees, and players after defeating the Boston Bowdoins. Team members took such pride in their medals that “Ham” Downing had his medal buried with him.

 John Adams Bolen was born in 1826 and died in 1906. He is best known for his series of small medals or tokens issued in the 1860s through to the 1890s.


 
 
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    Back of 1858 Pioneer Base Ball Club coin     
    Back of 1858 Pioneer Base Ball Club Coin
 "Organized April 30, 1858, Play Ground on Hampden Park, Springfield, Mass."
   

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