The Token and Medal Society, Inc. is an educational and non-profit organization devoted to furthering the exonumia field consisting of all forms of tokens, medals, badges and other items of a related nature. The aims of TAMS are:
  • To promote and stimulate the study of tokens and medals
  • To cultivate fraternal collector relations
  • To encourage research and articles and recordings pertaining thereto
  • To disperse information and knowledge in a society's journal
  • To advance interest and prestige
  • To promote meetings at conventions
  • To promote and encourage distinct classifications at exhibits
  • To endeavor to determine values of rarities
  • To permanently record historical information relating to tokens and medals by publishing original works by members, and by reprinting old works not readily available to present day collectors.

New Publication: See the Books for Sale for ordering information.

Pasted Graphic 2

TAMS Guide to U.S. Shell Cards 1867-1880
by Q. David Bowers.
Hard-bound, 360+ pages, full color catalog of U.S. Shell Cards. The first book-length treatment of these early examples of American advertising tokens. Over 1,000 shell cards described and most illustrated in color. The study includes a history of shell cards, their makers, and rarity information for many pieces.