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I found, under my house, a copper circus token. 1 and 1/2 inch in diameter. New York circus, 14th street Academy of Music. L.B. Lent director. A woman standing on a horse in the center. Can it be dated? Thank You.

David Current

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It would be 1866 or a year or so on either side. Don Wilkey, Australia. I would love to know where I could find details of the members of his troupe. An ancestor of mine, Edward Yeamans, a clown, appeared for him. Can anyone throw light on Edward Yeamans as a comedian or clown in the 1840s in the New York area?

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One of the standard references on tokens is Russell Rulau, Standard Catalog of United States Tokens 1700-1900 (Krause, 1999). A check of it failed to show a listing for the Lewis B. Lent (1813-1887) item. Many circus tokens are quite rare, but I’ve seen several examples of the Lent piece. Many years ago there was also an article printed in Hobbies magazine about circus tokens. The piece is likely not solid, but what is known as a shell token.
Standard biographies of Lent are available in different sources, as are images of the Hippotheatron, which opened in 1864. He was involved with it, according to Slout’s Olympians, 1865-1872.

Fred Dahlinger, Jr., Director of Historic Resources and Facilities, Circus World Museum.

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