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H.T.W.S.S.T.K.S Masonic Token

by William Cooper
(Redding CA USA)

I have a Masonic token stamped with the letters H.T.W.S.S.T.K.S with a tomb stone and the letters TF in the center.

On the other side, it has Brookings Chapter No. 18 R.A.M..

It is dated 1885 With the name on the bottom of Brookings, S.D.

From what I have read these were usually given to an individual. Why is the Brookings Camp indicated?

Simon: Hi William,

I'm sorry, I don't know the answer to this one. I was hopeful that perhaps someone else reading this might be able to help you with it.

Anyone know anything about the Brookings Camp?



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Oct 05, 2013
Mark Master Mason
by: Douglas Collins

RAM - Royal Arch Mason: The coin is most likely a Mark Penny, or Mark Masters Coin. Mark Master is the first degree of Royal Arch Masonry and any member who successfully traverses the degree is given a "Mark Penny" by his Chapter.

The circle in the center of the penny is reserved for the mark Master to inscribe his "Mark" which will be recorded in the Chapter's Mark Book, a record of all marks of the members of that chapter.

His "Mark" must be registered with the Chapter prior to his final degree of "Royal Arch Mason"

My mark is the Greek Symbol PHI.

Douglas Collins
Mark Master Mason

Aug 12, 2011
Mark Penny
by: JMW

This is a Mark penny, given to a candidate when he receives the Mark Master Degree.

The letters in the circle would be the mark he had selected for himself and it would be recorded in the mark book of the Royal Arch Chapter he had petitioned.

Most Chapters have distinct pennies that are given to their members.

Jun 18, 2011
Royal Arch
by: Adam

Brookings #18 is a York Rite lodge (hence the R.A.M. or Royal Arch Masons). They are still an active lodge in Brookings, SD, and they may be interested in such a historical item, so you should get in contact with them for more information!

The initials HTWSSTKS stand for Hiram The Widow's Son (some say Hiram Tyrian Widow's Son), Sent To King Solomon. They most likely are not in a tombstone, but a keystone (the top stone in an arch, which supports the entire structure).

All of this is York Rite symbolism, so talking directly to a York Rite member would get you much better information.

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