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Tax tokens

Object Number: 
INV.4366a-b
Date: 
1935-1952
Medium: 
White metal
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 5/8 in. (1.6 cm) Overall (b): 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Description: 
Tax tokens; white metal; (a) has circular hole in center; (b) has triangular hole in center; (a) obverse "UTAH SALES / 1 / 1 / TAX TOKEN" reverse "EMERGENCY / 1 / 1 / RELIEF FUND"; (b) "LUXARY / TAX / 1 / 1/ TOKEN / LOUISIANA" both sides
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Fred Lockley, 1952
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group