CW in early Washington state numismatics

A historical coin from Taholah on the Quinault Indian Reservation of the Washington coast…



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…carries a well-known Chinuk Wawa family name from the Indigenous community.

“Good for 5¢ in trade / Frank Hyasman”. He was born about 1856, and was the grandson of a treaty signer.

Tokens using CW are an amusing newer wrinkle on the “trade language” trope!

Bonus fact:

At the same website, I’ve found additional historical tokens, coins, and medals with some Chinuk Wawa on them, including the following…


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