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Missouri Tax Token – 1 Mill on Paper

This tax token is in remarkably good shape for a paper token. I’d grade it VF30 – EF40.

The obverse has a blue-green ring around the state seal of Missouri (also printed in aqua). Thee legend around the ring is printed in black and reads “Missouri Sales Tax Receipt”. Inside the ring is the legend “Retailers One 1 Mill”. The word one and the number are interwoven so that the N is astride the numeral.

The reverse is blank.

Tax Token from Missouri : One Mill on Paper Obverse
Tax Token from Missouri : One Mill on Paper Obverse
Tax Token from Missouri : One Mill on Paper Reverse
Tax Token from Missouri : One Mill on Paper Reverse

Date: circa 1940

State of Issue: Missouri

Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)

Composition: Paper

Size: 38 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: This token is also available in a 2-sided version, although I don’t own one. The reverse on that reads “This receipt shows that you are helping to pay for old age pensions, support public schools, care of poor insane and tubercular patients in state hospitals and relief of needy unemployed in the state of Missouri.”

Estimated Value: $2-5

My Tax Tokens From Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah & Washington

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I have a handful of State Sales Tax Tokens. These coins come in a lot of different varieties – they were produced by several different states using a wide range of materials (zinc, aluminum, plastic, fiber, and even paper). The tokens were made during the depth of the Great Depression and were an effort by states to make up for declining property tax and state income tax rolls.

According to TaxToken.org, there were more than 30 states that passed token taxes, but only 12 went to the mint to produce them. Washington and Illinois were among the first (and possibly most prolific) tax token issuers. The Land of Lincoln produced the first tokens in April of 1933, but those were removed from circulation after just a few weeks. Washington issued their first tokens in May of 1935, and then Illinois issued redesigned tokens in July of 1935.

Following the lead of the Prairie State, sales tax tokens were also issued by Ohio, Washington, Kansas, Colorado, Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Utah, and Missouri rolled out their own (including some city
and business issues). California, Michigan, and North Carolina passed laws, but did not issue tokens in any serious numbers. The tokens were only in use for a short period of time though – the US supreme court challenged state’s rights to issue their own currency. Missouri got rid of sales tax tokens in July of 1939, and even slow-acting Missouri repealed the law by 1961. In effect, the tax tokens circulated from around 1935-1950, with most tokens issued before World War Two.

The state sales tax issues mirrored a national tax proposed by President Roosevelt and Treasury Secretary Henry Morgantheu. Just about every time that the states issued their own coinage, Roosevelt’s administrators challenged the coins as being too similar to other circulating coins. As a result, the tax tokens were minted using uncommon materials and in strange shapes.

Tokens were issued by the following states (and Ohio issued revenue stamps):
Alabama
Arizona
Colorado
Illinois
Kansas
Louisiana
Mississippi
Missouri
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Utah
Washington

My collection includes the following tokens. I have tried to note obvious errors or varieties (ie; CW 70 indicates a coin with the reverse rotated clockwise ~70 degrees
away from coin orientation). As I make individual pages for each tax token, I will add a link to pictures.

Sales Tax Token – Alabama – Fiber 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Alabama – Fiber 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Alabama – 5 (Mil?) Medal Orientation
Sales Tax Token – Alabama – 5 (Mil?) Coin Orientation
Sales Tax Token – Alabama – 5 (Mil?) CW 70
Sales Tax Token – Alabama – 5 (Mil?) CCW 45
Sales Tax Token – Alabama – Red Plastic 5 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Alabama – Bronze 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Alabama – Bronze 1 (Mil?) CW 60
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 1 (Mil?) CW 60
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 1 (Mil?) CW 90
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 1 (Mil?) CW 60
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 5 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Arizona – 5 (Mil?) CW 45
Sales Tax Token – Colorado – 1/5 Cent Series
Sales Tax Token – Colorado – A-35 Series
Sales Tax Token – Colorado – 2 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Colorado – 2 (Mil?) Rotated CCW 90
Sales Tax Token – Illinois – 1 1/2 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Kansas – 2 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Kansas – 2 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Kansas – 2 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Louisiana – 1 PU
Sales Tax Token – Louisiana – 1 PD
Sales Tax Token – Louisiana – 1 PL
Sales Tax Token – Louisiana – 1 PR
Sales Tax Token – Louisiana – 5 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Mississippi – 1 (Mil?) off to left
Sales Tax Token – Mississippi – 1 (Mil?) off to right
Sales Tax Token – Mississippi – 1 (Mil?) squared
Sales Tax Token – Mississippi – 1 (Mil?) squared
Sales Tax Token – Mississippi – 5 (Mil?) Rotated CW 45
Sales Tax Token – Mississippi – 5 (Mil?) CCW 45
Sales Tax Token – Missouri – 1 (Mil?) corroded
Sales Tax Token – Missouri – 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Missouri – 1 Mill, uniface on paper
Sales Tax Token – Missouri – 1 (Mil?) corroded Rotated CW 45
Sales Tax Token – Missouri – 1 (Mil?) Rotated CCW 45
Sales Tax Token – Missouri – 1 (Mil?) red plastic
Sales Tax Token – Missouri – 5 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Missouri – 5 (Mil?) Green Plastic
Sales Tax Token – New Mexico – 1 Mil serif
Sales Tax Token – New Mexico – 1 Mil serif
Sales Tax Token – New Mexico – 1 Mil sans serif
Sales Tax Token – New Mexico – 5 Mils
Sales Tax Token – New Mexico – 5 Mils CCW 90
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 1 (Mil?) Rotated CW 90
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 1 (Mil?) Rotated CW 90 L
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 1 (Mil?) Rotated CW 90 R
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 1 (Mil?) Rotated CCW 45
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 1 (Mil?) Rotated CCW 90
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 5 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 5 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 5 (Mil?) Rotated CW 90
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 5 (Mil?) Rotated CCW 90
Sales Tax Token – Oklahoma – 5 (Mil?) Rotated CCW 45
Sales Tax Token – Utah – 1 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Utah – 5 (Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Washington – 4c (25 Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Washington – 10c (1 Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Washington – 10c (1 Mil?)
Sales Tax Token – Washington – 10c rotated 180
Sales Tax Token – Washington – 10c CW 45

Other useful links:

An Illustrated Tax Token Catalog at TaxToken.org

Tax Tokens – a history and overview

Washington State Tax Token info page

More about Colorado Tax Tokens

AMDA Club Page with info on Tax Tokens

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