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March 5, 2014

Rare token offers few clues to its origin


Somerset —

  Barnett said the token was dull, coated by age, when he dug it out of the ground. He cleaned and shined the token, finding it in mint condition.
  For the past 12 years Barnett was a backhoe operator for D.W. Wilburn, Lexington. He was involved in excavations for the Pulaski County Court of Justice and the new Pulaski County Public Library, both projects built by Wilburn, a native of Pulaski County.
  “I was born in Rockcastle County,” said Barnett. “I live now in Pulaski County near the Rockcastle County line.”
  The Plato-Vanhook community where Barnett currently lives is in northeastern Pulaski County. The community is served by the Plato-Vanhook Road that extends east off Ky. 461 just south of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Upper Line Creek divides Plato and Vanhook, if you choose to separate the pastoral places.
  “I didn’t find any other coins or tokens at the place where I found the Flamingo token,” said Barnett.
  Someone suggested the Flamingo token might have been issued by a coal camp company store. However, based on Dodrill's 10,000 Coal Company Stores, no coal camps in Pulaski County, dating back to 1903, bore the name of Flamingo.
  We’ll give a penny for your thoughts. If you know the origin of the 2 1/2-cent token, call 451-4919. If no answer, leave a message.

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