Fraternal and Masonic Tokens

Beginning in the mid-19th century, fraternal orders such as the Masons, Odd Fellows, Eagles, and Elks issued tokens that could be presented as proof of membership in the order (these are known as "mark pennies"), as souvenirs, and for gambling. Masonic pennies often feature a chapter’s name on the token, although many pennies purchased from wholesalers do not. Because symbolism was so important to fraternal culture, these small coins are...Continue Reading