Lithuanian-American Tokens of Illinois

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A preliminary brief listing of all known Lithuanian-American Tokens of Illinois. This is NOT a list of tokens for sale. Thanks to Ramunas Kvietkauskas for his research, and for Frank Passic, who had an article in The Numismatist about them, based on the collection at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago, and assembled by the late Dr. Aleksandras Rackus. They are on display there. For the full listing with photos, see LINK. Permission has been granted by Kvietkauskas and Passic to use this information.

Tokens are listed in the order found in the Ore Vacketta book Trade Tokens of Illinois. These are trade tokens, used in bars, taverns, saloons and other establishments.

WANTED TO BUY: All these tokens are wanted, let me know if you have any, thanks!


 
     

  Lithuanian-American Tokens of Illinois  
  Vacketta # Chicago-B120, Butvill Tavern, page 74
Aluminum, 24mm, round.
Obverse inscription: BUTVILL / TAVERN / 3327 / ARCHER AVE.
Reverse: Good For / 10¢ / In Trade

Vacketta # Chicago-DA28, Society of the Grove of Lithuania, page 95
Aluminum, 25mm, round.
Obverse inscription: DRAUGISTE / LETUVOS / GOJAUS
Translation: Society of the Grove of Lithuania
Reverse: "5"

Vacketta # Chicago-DB28, Society of Saint Stephen, page 95
Aluminum, 15 x 19mm. Shape- 4S
Obverse inscription DRAUGISTE / SZVENTO / STEPONO
Translation: Society for Saint Stephen.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / In Trade

Vacketta # Chicago-DC28, Saint Roch’s Mutual Benefit Society, page 95
Brass, double oval, 24 x 28mm, shape- 4S
Obverse inscription: DRAUGISTIE / ROKO / SZWENTA 1903
Translation: St. Roch Society, 1903
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / In Trade

Vacketta # Chicago-DD28-10 and Chi-DD28-50, Grand Duke Gediminas Society, page 95
Brass, octagonal. 27 x 29mm, shape- 8
Obverse inscription: DR. D.K. / GEDEMINO
Full meaning: Draugiste Didzijo Kunigailkscio Gendemino
Translation: Grand Duke Gediminas Society.
Reverse: 5¢, (10¢, 25¢, 50¢, 75¢, 1$)

Vacketta # Chicago-DG28, Society of Brothers and Sisters of Lithuania in America, page 95
Brass, octagonal, 27 x 30mm, shape- 8
Obverse inscription: DR. LIETUVOS / BROLIU IR / SESERU AMERICA / 12 D RUG 1911
Full meaning: Draugiste Lietubos Broliu ir. Seseru Amerikoje 12 Diena Rugsejo 1911.
Translation: Society of Brothers and Sisters of Lithuania in America, 12th day of September, 1911
Reverse: Good For / A / 5 / Cent / Drink

Vacketta # Chicago-DA30, Our Lady of Vilnius of the Dawn Gate, page 96
Bronze, octagonal 25 x 27mm, shape 8
Obverse inscription: DRSTE AUSZROS VARTU S.M.P. / 2 DA. BERZ. / 1906 / CHICAGO, ILL.
Full meaning: Draugiste Auszros Vartu Szvencziausios Marijos Panos 2 Diena Berzelio 1906, Chicago, Illinois.
Translation: Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Dawn Gate, 2nd Day of June, 1906, Chicago, Illinois.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / At The Bar


Vacketta # Chicago-DB30, Society of the Lithuanian King Mindaugas, page 96
Brass, 25mm, round.
Obverse inscription: DR-ST. L.K. MINDAVGIA / CHICAGO, / ILL.
Full meaning: Draugiste Lietuvos Karaliaus Mindaugio, Chicago, Ill.
Translation: Society for the Lithuanian King Mindaugas, Chicago, Illinois.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / In Trade At The Bar


Vacketta # Chicago-DC30, Society of St. Michael The Archangel, page 96
Aluminum, 26mm.
Obverse inscription: DR. SV-TOM-LO / ARKANIOLO / NO. 2.
Full meaning: Draugiste Szvento Mykolo Arkaniolo No. 2.
Translation: Society for Saint Michael the Archangel No. 2.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ (10¢) / In Trade

Vacketta # Chicago-DD30, Society of Saint George the Knight, page 96
Aluminum, 26 mm, round
Obverse inscription: DR-TE SZV. IURGIO R. IR K. / CHICAGO, / ILL.
Full meaning: Draugiste Szvento Jorgio Riderio ir Kankinio
Translation: Society of Saint George the Knight and Martyr.
Reverse: "5"

Vacketta # Chicago-DE30, Society of All Saints, page 96
Aluminum, 25 x 27mm, shape 8
Obverse inscription: DR-TES VISU SZVENTU / KOWOS 17 D / 1906
Full meaning: Draugistes Visu Szventu Kowos 17 dinea 1906.
Translation: Society of All Saints, March 17th day, 1906.
Reverse: "5"

Vacketta # Chicago-DF30, Society of Saint Prince Casimir, page 96
Aluminum, 26mm, round.
Obverse inscription: DR. TE. SV. K. KAZIMERA / 5¢
Full meaning: Draugyste Svento Karalaicio Kazimiero 5¢
Translation: Society of Saint Prince Casimir
Reverse: blank

Vacketta # Chicago-DG30, Society of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr, page 96
Aluminum crenated, shape 8S, 26 x 30mm.
Obverse inscription: DR-TE. SZ. / SLANISLOWA / V. IRK. / CHICAGO, ILL.
Full meaning: Draugiste Szwenta Stanislowa Vyskupa ir Kankinia. Chicago, Ill.
Translation: Society of Saint Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / In Trade

Vacketta # Chicago DH30, brass or bronze, 26mm shape 8, page 96
Obverse: D. S. T. V. (Full meaning: Dr. Sventu Tes Visu)
Reverse: 5

Vacketta # Chicago GA12, round, 24mm, brass or bronze, page 109
Obverse: AUGUST GEDA / 4648 / ASHLAND / AVE / CHICAGO
Reverse: Good For / 5c / In Trade

Vacketta # Chicago SC07, St. Casmir Society, page 109
Aluminum, 25mm, round.
Obverse inscription: ST. KAZIMIERA / DRUGGISTE / UZDETA 1912 M / CHICAGO, ILL.
Full meaning: Svento Kazimiero Draugiste Uzdeta 1912 year, Chicago, Ill.
Translation: St. Casimir Society established in the year of 1912, Chicago, Illinois.
Reverse: "5"

Vacketta # Chicago-KB25, Knights of the Lithuanian King Mindaugas, page 138
Aluminum, 25mm, round.
Obverse inscription: K. L. K. / MINDAUGIO / PRIE / PARAP. SZW. JURGIO K.
Full meaning: Kareiviai Lietuvos Karaliaus Mindaugio Prie Parapijos Szwento Jurgio Kareiwio
Translation: Knights of the Lithuanian King Mindaugas at Saint George the Knight Parish.
Reverse: "5"

Vacketta # Chicago K41, aluminum, 24mm, round, page 139 and 228 (picture)
Obverse: V. KUDIRKOS DR. / TIATRALISZKOS / CHICAGO, ILLS.
Reverse: 5¢

Vacketta # Chicago LA28, shape 8, 25mm, aluminum, page 143
Obverse: GEORGE LESCINSKIS / 4535 / SO. HONORE ST.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ (25¢) / When Returned / With / 2 Bottles (10 Bottles)

Vacketta # Chicago-LA31, Lithuanian Theatrical Society of St. Martin, page 143
Aluminum, 25mm, round.
Obverse inscription: LIET. TEAT. DR-TE SZ. MARTINO / CHICAGO, ILL.
Full meaning: Lietuviszka Teatraliszka Draugiste Szvento Martino, Chicago, Illinois.
Translation: Lithuanian Theatrical Society of Saint Martin, Chicago, Illinois.
Reverse: Amatorius
Translation: Amateur

Vacketta # Chicago-LB31, shape- 8S, National Guard of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas, page 143
Aluminum crenated, 25 x 30mm. 8 scallops. Dotted border obverse, beaded border reverse.
Obverse inscription: L.G.D.L.K. / ALGIRDA / CHICAGO, ILL.
Full meaning: Lietuviska Gvardija Didziojo Lietuvos Kunigaikscio Algirdo, Chicago, Ill.
Translation: National Guard of Grand Duke of Lithuania, Algirdas, Chicago, Illinois.
Reverse: Good For One / 5¢ / Drink

Vacketta # Chicago-LA36, Lithuanian National Society, page 144
Bronze, octagonal, 25 x 27mm, shape 8
Obverse inscription: LIETUVISZKA TAUT. DRAU-TE / 5¢ / VIENYBE
Full meaning: Lietuviszka Tautiszka Draugiste Vienybe.
Translation: Lithuanian National Society. 5¢. Unity.
Reverse: Lithuanian National Society / 5¢ / Vienybe

Vacketta # Chicago-MC47, Women’s Society of the Dawn Gate, page 150
Bronze crenated, 25 x 30mm. 8 scallops.
Obverse inscription: M.D.S.P.M.A.V.
Full meaning: Moteru Draugiste Szventos Panos Marijos Auszros Vartuose.
Translation: Women’s Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Dawn Gate.
Reverse: Good For / 5 / Cents / In Trade

Vacketta # Chicago-PA89, The Providence of God Society, page 179
Brass, 21mm, round. Dotted border obverse, plain border reverse.
Obverse inscription: (EYE) / PROVIDENCE / OF GOD / SOCIETY
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / Drink

Vacketta # Chicago-SA07, page 189
Saint Domininks Society
Aluminum crenated, 25 x 30mm. 8 scallops.
Obverse inscription: ST. DOMININKS SOCIETY / CHICAGO.
Reverse: GOOD FOR / 5¢ / DRINK

Vacketta # Chicago-S148, United Lithuanian Societies, page 205
Aluminum, 24mm, round.
Obverse inscription: SUSIWIENIJIMAS LIETUWISZKU DRAUGISZCZIU / CHICAGO, / ILL.
Translation: United Lithuanian Societies, Chicago, Illinois.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / In Trade

Vacketta # Chicago-TC27-5 (round), Chi-TC27-10 (8-sided) and Chi-TC27-25 (8 scallops), Lovers of the Fatherland Lithuanian Society, page 209
Brass, round- 5¢. Aluminium, octagonal- 10¢. Brass, escalloped- 25¢.
Obverse: T.M.L. / DR-TES / CHICAGO, ILL.
Full meaning: Tevynes Myletoju Lietuviu Draugistes Chicago Illinios.
Translation: Lovers of the Fatherland Lithuanian Society, Chicago Illinois.
Reverse: 5, (10, 25)

Vacketta # Chicago WB31-5, WB31-10, WB31-15, WB31-25, round, 25mm (15¢ 24mm), brass or bronze, page 221
Obverse: J. P. WICZKUS / 4600 / SO. MARSHFIELD AVE.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ (10¢, 15¢, 25¢) / When Returned With 2 (3, 6, 12) Bottles

Vacketta # Chicago W39-5, round, 25mm, brass or bronze, page 222
Obverse: J. P. WICZKUS / 4600 / SO. MARSHFIELD AVE.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / When Returned With 1 Bottle

Vacketta # La Salle C32, shape 8S, 26mm, aluminum, page 350
Obverse: V. NICKUTAVICZ / SALOON / LA SALLE, ILL
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / In Trade

Vacketta # La Salle 46-5, 46-10, 46-25, round, 20, 23 and 26mm, bronze, page 355
Obverse: WASILENSKI'S / TAVERN / LA SALLE, / ILL.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ (10¢, 25¢) / In Trade

Vacketta # La Salle 47-5a, 47-5b, round, 22 and 21mm, brass or bronze, page 355
Obverse: WASILENSKIS TAVERN / LA SALLE / ILL.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ (similar w/CH) / In Trade

Vacketta # La Salle 48, round, 25mm, brass or bronze, page 355
Obverse: WASILENSKIS TAVERN / LA SALLE, / ILL.
Reverse: Good For / 10¢ / In Trade

Vacketta # La Salle A49, round, 32mm, brass or bronze, page 355
Obverse: WASILENSKI'S / TAP / LA SALLE / ILLINOIS
Reverse: 25¢ / In Trade

Vacketta # Spring Valley 17-5, 17-10, round, 20 and 23mm, brass or bronze and zinc, page 478
Obverse: ZITA'S TAVERN
Reverse: Good For / 5 (10¢) / In Trade

Vacketta # Warren A01, round, 21mm, aluminum, page 506
Obverse: J. F. BACKUS / WARREN, ILLS.
Reverse: Good For 5¢ In Trade (CH)

Vacketta # Westville 07, shape 8 (8-sided), 20mm, green plastic, page 513
Obverse: BRAZAS / TAVERN / WESTVILLE / ILLINOIS
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ In / Trade

Vacketta # Westville 08, shape 8, 20mm, black plastic, page 513
Obverse: BRAZAS / TAVERN / WESTVILLE, ILLINOIS
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ In / Trade

Vacketta # Westville 09, shape 8, 23mm, brass or bronze, page 513 and 524
Obverse: BRAZAS TAVERN
Reverse: Good For / 10¢ / In Trade (vars.)(Burr Brazas)

Vacketta # Westville 29, round, 25mm, aluminum, page 514
Obverse: JOE RAKAUSKY / WESTVILLE, / ILL.
Reverse: Good For / 5¢ / In Trade (ca. 1910)

Lithuanian American Republican League- no further information

The Lithuanian Sons and Daughters Hall on South Halsted- no further information

Saint Martins Theatrical Society
Brass, 23mm. square.
Obverse description: ST. MARTIN’S / SOCIETY.
Reverse description: Good For / 5¢ / In Trade
 
     

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