Mysteries from the Vault: H.R.C. Clock Token

With close to a million objects in the American Numismatic Society’s collections, the curatorial team occasionally comes across items that are mysteries to us. This series will feature some of these objects in the hopes that the collective wisdom of our readers can help us to identify and learn more about them.

With one of our older mysteries recently solved, it seemed to be time for a new one!

This token is 26 mm in diameter and weighs 4.19 grams, with a die axis of 12. One side has a  table top still-life scene wreathed by Roman clock numbers; the other is embossed with the initials H.R.C. and the number 99. It was purchased by the American Numismatic Society as part of a lot of 200 tokens from Schindler’s Antique Shop of Charleston, South Carolina. Click to enlarge the images if you need a closer look.

ANS, 1952.110.51
ANS, 1952.110.51
ANS, 1952.110.51
ANS, 1952.110.51

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5 thoughts on “Mysteries from the Vault: H.R.C. Clock Token”

  1. My first guess would be some sort of identification check used by a store which sold clocks, silverware and other items depicted on the obverse. This may be a check for a watch or clock left for repair.

  2. Bruce W. Smith, I think you are very close, but no cigar! In my opinion the clock represents TIME and time is ticking away on your unredeemed pawned items left at the pawnshop, of which your pawned item is in pigeonhole No. 99. A bronze pawnshop claim ticket. H. R. C. might be the identification of the pawnbroker or the pawner. Does that make the pawnbroker a pawnee?

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