The Florida Token Society, founded on December 4, 1976, at met at EllinorVillage in Ormond Beach, Florida. A small group of
collectors reorganized a token group, which had become inactive about one year earlier.
The founding group consisted of Vic Amorose, C. R. and Marion Clark, Robert and Mary
Clark, P. G. Gearing, Ralph Jones, N. R. and Dorothy Mack, Hugh Roberts and Fred
Stanfield. They elected Vic Amorose as president, then selected Vic's suggested name for
the newsletter, TOKENEWS, as the official name for the newsletter. Later that Month, a one
page issue, edited by Fred Stanfield, was published. The newsletter has been published
continuously since 1976.
Florida Token Society has had a loyal membership throughout the years with almost
100% renewals and constant growth, while some clubs were experiencing declining
membership. This can be attributed to an enthusiastic membership and a quality newsletter.
The objectives of the Florida Token Society are:
To promote and
stimulate the research of Florida tokens and other exonumia.
To cultivate fraternal
information about The Florida Token Society activities.
To permanently record
historical information relating to Florida tokens and medals by publishing it in the newsletter.
benefits of membership include:
newsletter, is published four times a year with an average of 72 pages per year.
articles are published in each newsletter.
Maverick tokens are
listed for members in an attempt to attribute them.
advertising is available to all members in each issue.
Any member may
purchase inexpensive paid advertising.
We have four meetings
per year in various parts of Florida.Each meeting provides an opportunity to trade and buy tokens, talk
about tokens with other collectors, and participate in an informative program.
copy of the current newsletter? - TOKENEWS
Mail 71¢in coin or stamps, for postage to:
Ratliff, 1717 Saint Marys Bay Drive
A token is something of little intrinsic value
that is used as a substitute for US currency. Florida is rich in tokens, especially commissary tokens which were used
primarily from the 1890's until the 1940's due to its active lumber and turpentine
industry. The remoteness of the sawmills and turpentine stills required the company to
provide a store where the employees could buy the necessities. These companies would often
issue tokens to employees for payment of wages in advance of the regular payday and these
tokens were good only in the company owned commissary. These lumber and lumber related
tokens are some of the most sought after tokens today. Florida also has a great
variety of modern tokens, including amusement tokens; drink tokens, picker's tokens, and
food stamp tokens.
old saloon and military tokens of Florida are rare, but many tokens are available to collectors. Large
numbers of transportation tokens and amusement tokens can be obtained for a dollar or
less. The "chase" for a token offers great enjoyment. There is much satisfaction
in searching and finding the tokens you desire for your collection.
R. Clark, one of the founders of The Florida Token Society, published the first
catalogue of Florida trade tokens in 1980. A second catalogue, Florida Tokens, was
released in mid-1990. Publication of the first catalogue did much to stimulate interest in
and the second book again stimulated more interest. The catalogue, can be obtained
directly from the author: C. R. Clark, P.O. Box 48691, St. Petersburg, FL33743
Do you have a question concerning a Florida token or medal?