Fake and fantasy tokensBy David E. Schenkman
Fake and Fantasy Tokens
Marked L.A. Stamp
All collectors and dealers should be aware that any piece with the words "L.A. Stamp" on it is a fantasy (no original ever existed). The words loosely resemble the legitimate mark of the Los Angles Rubber Stamp Company which signed many of its pieces "L.A. RUB. STAMP CO". Use of the false marking on the fantasies was obviously to suggest an appearance of authenticity related to the authentic firm. Most of the fantasy pieces also have misleading dates such as "1884", "1879", "1915" and others.
The fantasy L.A. Stamp piece have plagued buyers for over 20 years. Over 30 fantasy L.A. Stamp pieces are known. They feature many of the most popular subjects with collectors including Coca-Cola, railroads, whiskey, military themes and American Indian affairs. Most advanced token collectors are aware of the L.A. Stamp pieces but collectors who buy according to subject matter (ie. Coke, railroad, etc.,) seldom realize the pieces are modern.
No one shape or style categorizes the L.A. fantasies. As you can see from the samples shown, many different blanks and techniques were used. Materials include lead, copper, brass and white metal.
David E. Schenkman has written extensively on tokens and medals for the TAMS Journal, the official publication of the Token and Medal Society.
All tokens in this article are marked L.A. Stamp. Shown about 1½ times actual size.
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