Tax tokens; white metal with cross-shaped hole in center; "COLORADO / RETAIL / 2 / 2 / TOKEN / SALES TAX" on both sides
From 1935 to 1961, sales tax tokens were made in great quantities in order to give change for sales taxes. When the sales tax included a fraction of a cent, sales tax tokens were given as change to avoid over charging consumers. Twelve states issued coin-like tax tokens, which were made of aluminum, copper, zinc, brass, plastic, fiber, cardboard, and paper.
Gift from Alexander J. Wall, 1941
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