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NEWRARE WOODEN MONEY FROM MEXICO

Trancoso Hacienda wooden token. Rulau, Latin American Tokens Zac-13Trancoso value 5 wooden Hacienda tokenThis wooden Hacienda token was issued by the Trancoso Hacienda in the 19th century.  The Trancoso was one of the largest and most important haciendas in Zacatecas state of Mexico. It was founded with Spanish land grants between 1670 and 1680 as a cattle ranch.  It covered over 55 square miles (145 sq.km.).  In the 19th century it became one of the largest wool exporters in Latin America. Like many haciendas of that era it a was engaged in wide range enterprises including growing grain, animal husbandry, a distillery and a church.  It fell on hard times after the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution, resulting in violent conflicts between the owners and peasants. Eventually the land was expropriated and much of it given to families who lived on the Hacienda.  Today the municipality of Trancoso oversees what was the hacienda.   The church and the grand buildings that were part of the hacienda still stand, though many have been vandalized in recent years.  Most hacienda tokens are metal. This unusual piece was made of Mesquite wood.  It is about 26 to 28mm. One side is branded with Trancoso Hacienda's brand, the other side is blank.As was common for Hacienda tokens, it was denominated for a unit of work. This was for sheering one sheep.  Like many hacienda tokens, it circulated as money in the area.  It is an unusual and historic piece of money.  We also have a few much scarcer, slightly larger (28-30mm) tokens that are branded with a crude "5" on the back which were given for sheering five sheep.   
Item MX-TRANCOSO TRANCOSO WOODEN HACIENDA TOKEN, VF $24.00
Item MX-TRANCOSO5 TRANCOSO VALUE 5 WOODEN HACIENDA TOKEN, VF $55.00


ADMIRAL GRAU MONUMENT TOKEN FROM PERU

Perul 20 Centavos 1935 Admiral Grau Monument TokenAdmiral Miguel Grau is one of Peru's most honored heroes.  As captain of the Huáscar, during the War of The Pacific between Peru and Bolivia against Chile repeatedly attacked the vastly superior Chilean navy. He severely disrupted the Chilean lines of supply and communication, capturing or damaging a number of Chilean vessels. He was called the "Gentleman of the Seas" for his chivalrous treatment of his enemies.  He was killed in action and his ship captured in the Battle of Angamos on October 1879.  In 1934 Peru decided to build monuments to Grau in Lima and Piura, the city where he was born.  This copper 20 Centavos token was struck to help raise funds to build the monuments. The 20mm token features the arms of Peru and the legend "FONDOS PRO MONUMENTOS GRAU" (Money for Grau Monument). The other side features the denomination and the date October 8, 1935. 
Item PE-GRAUTKN PERU 20 CENTAVOS GRAU MONUMENT TOKEN 1935 AU-UNC $7.50

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PERUVIAN SILVER MEDAL CLAIMS PART OF CHILE!

Peru 1925 Recuperar El Morro (Recover El Morro Arica) MedalPeruvian dictator Augusto Bernardino Leguia issued this silver medalette as part of Peru’s Fiestas Patrias Great Military Parade Day in 1925. The medalette calls for the return of El Morro Arica, which Peru lost to Chile, along with the surrounding territory, 45 years earlier in the War of the Pacific. Since then the two nations had numerous unfruitful negotiations over the status of the territories. Recovery of the lost territory had long been a rallying point for Peruvian politicians. The obverse depicts the coastal mountain El Morro Arica. It is the most recognizable landmark in the area. Above it is the legend “RECUPERAR EL MORRO” (Recover El Morro) and “A.B.LEGUIA”. . In exergue is the date of the event:“29 JULIO 1925” The reverse has the legend “JUNTA PATRIOTICA NACIONAL”. In 1929 the two nations finally came to a formal agreement, El Morro and Arica province remained part of Chile. The 22.8mm silver medal weighs 5.5 grams and was made with a small hole at the top in order to suspend it from a hanger or ribbon. The medalette is Uncirculated, though may show some slight friction or bag marks. It is an unusual and rarely seen piece.
Item PE-MEDAL PERU EL MORRO ARICA SILVER MEDALETTE,1925 $9.50



MYSTERIOUS OLD EGYPTIAN CAFE TOKEN FROM ALEXANDERIA

Café Espérance, Alexandrie TokenThis mysterious, old cafe token was issued by G. Petros for the Café Espérance in Alexanderia, Egypt, probably sometime between World War I and World War II.  At the time Alexandria was a major cosmopolitan center, attracting traders, businessmen, and spies from throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The brass token has a scalloped edge and is denominated as "1",  but no-one is quite sure what the "1" signifies..  It could be one cup of coffee or tea.  If issued during the 1920’s might be 1 Millieme, which would have been useful to make change for small purchases.  On the other hand it is similar in size and shape to the 1 Piastre (10 Milliemes) coins of the 1930’s.  Either way, it is a scarce and interesting token from an intriguing location.
Item EG-CAFE CAFE ESPERANCE, ALEXANDERIA, EGYPT TOKEN, VF $19.75


MALACCA FIGHTING COCK TOKEN 

Malacca 1 Keping coin AH1247 KM8.1The origins of the cock or rooster token is a bit obscure.  The copper 1 Keping tokens were minted in England for merchants in Singapore for use in Malacca and other parts of Malaya.  The Standard Catalog of World Coins lists them under Malay Peninsula - Malacca, though other references sometimes catalog them under Singapore.  The obverse of the 21mm copper token features a fighting cock and the legend "the land of the Malays" in Malaysian.  The reverse has the denomination and the AH date 1247 which corresponds to 1831AD.  The tokens circulated widely around Singapore and Malaya until the introduction of Straits Settlements coinage in 1845. 
Item MALACCA8 MALACCA 1 KEPING AH1247=1831AD ROOSTER KM8variety VG-F $12.00


RARE OTTOMAN EMPIRE CHRISTIAN CHURCH TOKEN

St. Gregory the Theologian Church, Gelveri, (Güzelyurt) Turkey, 20 Para token, 1888ADThis very thin, uniface, brass token was struck by the St. Gregory the Theologian Church in Gelveri, Cappadocia (modern Güzelyurt, Turkey).  The 20 Para token is dated 1888.  The token was struck by the Cappadocian Greeks of central Anatolia to compensate for a shortage of low value coinage in the late Ottoman Empire. The name and location of the church is inscribed in the outer circle of the coin. The center includes the denomination "20" in both Latin and Arabic numerals.  A crude rendering of a dove is above and the date is below. In 1923, after the end of the Greco-Turkish war, the Greek Orthodox population of Gelveri were expelled from their homeland where they had lived for centuries and sent to Greece.  In exchange, Muslims, who had lived in Greece for centuries, were expelled and sent to Gelveri.  The church was then converted to a mosque.
Item GREGORY OTTOMAN, ST. GREGORY CHURCH 20 PARA TOKEN, 1888 F-VF-crude $12.00




BREAD TOKEN FROM DOWN UNDER

Australia, Pioneer Bakery, A Roderick, 1 Loaf (Pelaw Main, New South WalesThis aluminum token was good for “One Loaf” of bread at  "A. Roderick’s Pioneer Bakery" in Pelaw Main, New South Wales, Australia.  The token was apparently used around the late 1920’s to early 1930’s.  At that time a 4 pound loaf of bread (about 2kg. – they had big loaves back then) sold for 4 to 5 pence.  Pelaw Main is a village that owes its origins to a nearby coal mine with the same name. The 27mm aluminum token was made with a center hole. 
Item AU-BREAD AUSTRALIA PIONEER BAKERY, PELAW MAIN, NSW 1 LOAF TOKEN, VF $5.00



AMSTERDAM 700th ANNIVERSARY FLORIN

Amsterdam (Mokum) 700th Anniversary Florin 1975This 1 Florin token was issued in 1975 as part of Amsterdam's 700th Anniversary celebration.  . Amsterdam started as a fishing village around a dam in the Amstel river at the end of the 12th century.  One side of the 22mm copper-nickel token features the city's coat-of-arms.  The other has the legends "1275 1975 // MOKUM // 700 // FLORIJN" and the three crosses from city's arms. Mokum is a slang name for Amsterdam. 
Item AMSTERDAM AMSTERDAM FLORIN 1975 UNC. $3.00



LEPER COLONY COINS FROM COLOMBIA

Colombia Leper Colony (Lazareto) 2 Centavos coin 1921 KML10Colombia Leper Colony (Lazareto) 5 Centavos coin 1901 KM-L2Colombia Leper Colony (Lazareto) 10 Centavos coin 1901 KM-L3
Leprosy was once a dreaded and incurable disease. Lepers were forced to live in remote, isolated colonies with virtually no contact with anyone, including family, from the outside world.   At one time it was feared that Leprosy could be spread by contamination of money.  In order to prevent this, Colombia issued special coins that circulated only within the three government run leper colonies: Agua de Dios, Caño de Loro and Contratación.  The coins all have similar designs featuring a large cross with the word “LAZARETO” (Leper) on one side and the denomination on the other.  We are pleased to offer you three of these scarce leper colony coins from Colombia: the brass 5 and 10 Centavos dated 1901, which were the world's first leper colony coins, and the copper-nickel 1921 2 Centavos.  It was later discovered that leprosy was not spread by money and the introduction of antibiotics made the leper colonies unnecessary.   The leper colonies were closed in the 1950’s and the tokens redeemed. Today most are quite scarce as few were saved.
Item CO-L2C COLOMBIA LEPER COLONY 2 CENTAVOS 1921 KM-L10 Fine $3.00
Item CO-L5C COLOMBIA LEPER COLONY 5 CENTAVOS 1901 KM-L2 VF-XF $35.00
Item CO-L10C COLOMBIA LEPER COLONY 10 CENTAVOS 1901 KM-L3 VF-XF out


TEA STALL TOKEN FROM INDIA

TEA STALL H.M. LTD. INDORE, oblong copper tokenOne side of this unusual oblong 27.5mm x 17mm copper token has the legends "TEA STALL * H.M. * LTD. INDORE",  the other side depicts the number "4" on a teacup.  The token is attributed as a 4 Anna token issued by Hukumchand Mills in Indore, India.  The token was probably used in the company canteen sometime between the 1930’s and 1950’s.  Hukumchand Mills was a large cotton mill that went bankrupt and closed down in 1991, owing wages and benefits to some 6000 workers.  Since then the mill has been torn down. Attempts have been made to sell the land to provide funds to pay the workers, however disputes between various government agencies has prevented the sale of the land.  After 25 years, the workers have still not been paid and the case drags on in court.
Item IN-TEA INDIA TEA STALL TOKEN, HUKUMCHAND MILLS, LTD. INDORE. Fine $8.00


OLD TOKEN FROM SHANGHAI

Tong K Wing, Shangha, China i 5 Jiao tokenTong K. Wing, a merchant in Shanghai issued this 5 Jiao (50 Cents) token about 1920.  The 32mm aluminum token is believed to have been issued about 1920.  One side has legend “TONG K WING SHANGHAI, CHINA” and the numeral “5”  The other side has a floral pattern.  The coin grades XF for wear but has significant tarnish. 
Item CN-TONG TONG K WING, SHANGHAI CHINA 5 JIAO TOKEN $19.50



ISRAEL TELEPHONE TOKEN  

Israel Telepone Token (1966)For many years, Israel required tokens to operate their public telephones.  The tokens made it easy to raise prices and helped cut down on slugs beings.  This Israeli telephone token, called an Asimon, was issued by the Israel Post.  One side is dated 1966 in Hebrew and has the world “telephone” in Hebrew and Arabic.  A deep slot and a center hole is incorporated into the token to prevent regular coins or slugs from being used in the telephone.  The other side features a telephone dial.
Item IL-PHONE ISRAEL TELEPHONE TOKEN 1966 VF $3.00




400th ANNIVERSARY OF BERMUDA’S HOGGE MONEY

Counterstamped 2016 Kennedy Half Dollar: 400th Anniversary of Bermuda (Somers Islands) Hogge MoneyBermuda 1 Cent 1997 KM44b HogTo honor the 400th anniversary of Bermuda’s Hogge Money, numismatist Mel Wacks produced this counterstamped 2016 United States Kennedy Half Dollar depicting a Hogge 6 Pence.  Hogge Money was the first coinage for any English-speaking region in the New World and is the first coin listed in the standard reference known as the "Red Book".  Hogge Money coins were made in London for use in the newly established Plantation of Somer Islands, now known as Bermuda.  The crudely made 2, 3, 6, and 12-pence coins were issued in 1616. The coins all depict a wild hog which was found in abundance on the island.   The pigs may have originally escaped from the shipwreck of Juan de Bermudez in 1532.  Only 200 counterstamped coins were produced.  Though they are almost as scarce as the original Hogge Money, they are a lot more affordable.  The counterstamped coin comes with a gift pouch and a descriptive Certificate of Authenticity.  Also available is a Bermuda cent which depicts the famous hog design on the reverse, and Queen Elizabeth on the obverse.
Item HOGGE  HOGGE MONEY COUNTERSTAMP ON 2016  HALF DOLLAR, UNC. $39.75
Item BM-1C BERMUDA 1 CENT 1997 HOG KM44b BU $1.00



SEX EUROS 

Sex Euros bimetallic Fantasy CoinSex Euros bi-metal Fantasy Coin
These fun fantasy coins are  well made spoofs on the Euro coin.  One side of the 32mm bimetallic "coin" depicts a couple enjoying each other.  The other side is based on the map of Europe design found on Euro coins, however the piece is denominated as "6 Sex Euros".  The rather unusual piece comes in a plastic capsule.  We can supply single Sex Euros, a set of 7 different (one for each day of the week?) or a set of 34 different (one for each day of the month and two on Sunday?).  Exact designs will be our choice.  They are fun pieces that can be used as a gag gift, in a bachelor party, or just an unusual bi-metallic to be added to your collection.
Item SEXx1 One SEX EUROS COIN, BU $4.00
Item SEXx7 7 DIFFERENT SEX EUROS COINS, BU $25.00
Item SEXx34 34 DIFFERENT SEX EUROS COINS, BU $120.00



NEWTHE HIGLEY SILVERS

Higley silver 1 Tomahawk Doe minted 5by SmallforestIn 1737 Dr. Samuel Higley, who owned a copper mine near Granbury Connecticut, set up a private mint and began to strike copper coins.  There are a number of varieties of his coins.  The initial issue had 3 hammers on the reverse and bore the denomination "3 PENCE".  Locals objected to him denominating his coin 3 Pence when it was the size of a copper half-penny, so he changed the inscriptions to "VALUE ME AS YOU PLEASE" and "I AM GOOD COPPER". Another version of his coin displayed an ax on the reverse and the legend "I CUT Higley silver 2 Tomahawks Buck minted 5by SmallforestMY WAY THROUGH".  All of the coins displayed a deer on the obverse. Today the original Higley copper coins bring many thousands of dollars. Recently Smallforest, a private mint in Oregon, struck two small undated silver coins that pay homage to the original Higley coppers.  The coins were overstruck by hand on Franklin Mint medalettes.  Some ghosting from the original medalette might be noticeable.  The 1 Tomahawk Doe pictures 1 tomahawk, is struck in sterling silver, has 1 gram of actual silver weight, has the legend "I AM GOOD SILVER" on the reverse and has a reeded edge. It has a mintage of less than 200 pieces.  The 2 Tomahawk Buck contains 1 Pennyweight of silver, portrays 2 tomahawks, has the legend "I CUT TO VALUE" and a plain edge.   It has a mintage of approximately 300 pieces. Like the Higley coppers the coins display a deer on the obverse; along with the legend "SMALLFOREST".
Item HIGLEY HIGLEY SILVER 1 TOMAHAWK DOE & 2 TOMAHAWK BUCK $9.75



NEWCOINS OF CASCADIA

Cascadia silver 1 Tomahawk Doe Cascadia silver 2 Tomahawks BuckThe Cascadia independence movement encompasses the bioregion of the Pacific Northwest.  It incorporates all of or parts of southern Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Northern California.  The region has long had independence movements, going back to some of the earliest European settlers in the early 19th century.  Recently Smallforest, a private mint in Oregon, struck two small undated silver coins for Cascadia.  The undated coins follow the designs and format of the firms' previous Higley silver medalettes.  Both coins feature a deer on the obverse and the legend "CASCADIA".  The reverse of the 1 Tomahawk Doe pictures 1 tomahawk, is struck in sterling silver, has 1 gram of actual silver weight, has the legend "I AM GOOD SILVER" on the reverse and has a reeded edge.  The 2 Tomahawk Buck contains 1 Pennyweight of silver, portrays 2 tomahawks on the reverse, has the legend "I CUT TO VALUE" and a plain edge.  The coins were overstruck on Franklin Mint medalettes and some ghosting from the original design may be noticeable.  Though the coins are Uncirculated, they tend to be somewhat toned.
Item CASCADIA CASCADIA SILVER 1 TOMAHAWK DOE & 2 TOMAHAWK BUCK $9.75




OLD INDIAN TRADER TOKENS FROM MICHIGAN

WILL M. SHURTLEFF, CROSS VILLAGE, MICH. SET OF 3 CARDBOARD TOKENSW. M. SHURTLEFF, THE HUSTLER, CROSS VILLAGE, MICH., SET OF 3 ALUMINUM TOKENS
William Shurtleff ran an Indian trading post in Cross Village, Michigan from 1893 until his death in 1904.  He spoke the Indian languages and did a thriving business trading general merchandise and grocery items such as flour, lard, salt pork, sugar, kerosene and tobacco for craft articles made by the local Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.  He then wholesaled the craft articles to tourist destinations such as Mackinaw Island, Atlantic City, and Saranac Lake.  Cross Village is located at the northern end of the lower Michigan peninsula.  He issued two sets of tokens for his store. The tokens had the denomination on one side and inscriptions on the other.  The first set consisted of a blue 5 cents, red 10 cents and yellow 25 cents cardboard tokens with the inscription "THIS CHECK IS GOOD FOR ___ IN GOODS AT THE STORE OF WILL M. SHURTLEFF, GENERAL MERCHANDISE, CROSS VILLAGE, MICH,". The cardboard tokens did not wear well, so a set of aluminum 5, 10 and 50 Cent tokens were issued.  They have the inscription "W.M. SHURTLEFF  THE HUSTLER  CROSS VILLAGE MICH."  We are pleased to offer both sets of these old, rare Michigan Indian trader tokens.
Item MI-CARD WILL M. SHURTLEFF CROSS VILLAGE, MICH. SET OF 3 CARDBOARD TOKENS VG-F $25.00
Item MI-ALUM W.M.SHURTLEFF CROSS VILLAGE, MICH. SET OF 3 ALUMINUM TOKENS VF out



INDIAN ON OAKLAND COUNTY MICHIGAN MEDAL

Oakland County, Michigan 150th Anniversary medal depicts IndianAn Indian is featured on this attractive high relief bronze medal from Oakland County, Michigan. The county is located northwest of Detroit.  The medal was issued in 1970 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the county.  The reverse depicts the county seal which features an oak tree.   The 39 mm medal has an "antiqued" finish.  
Item OAKLAND OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN 150th ANNIVERSARY MEDAL, UNC. $4.00



MULLIGAN MINT - AOCS 1 TROY OUNCE COPPER ROUNDS

Mulligan Mint - American Open Currency Standard (AOCS) 1 ounce copper medallions
The American Open Currency Standard (AOCS) and the closely related Mulligan Mint of Texas were libertarian oriented firms that encouraged alternative local monetary systems based on gold, silver and copper.  The creators of the AOCS decided to open their own mint, called the Mulligan Mint. It opened in 2012 and declared bankruptcy and closed in 2013 after a nasty dispute between two founders, the mysterious disappearance 71,473 ounces of silver and multiple lawsuits.  We have a selection of different of 1 avoirdupois ounce copper American Open Currency Standard medallions which were produced by AOCS or Mulligan Mint during its short-lived existence.  They were valued at "2 Units" each by AOCS standards, which was equivalent to 1 ounce of pure copper.   They are an interesting reminder of a failed alternative hard currency systems.
Item MULLIGANx1 1 ONE OUNCE MULLIGAN MINT-AOCS COPPER MEDALLION,  Joels' Choice UNC. $3.00
Item MULLIGANx5 5 DIFFERENT ONE OUNCE COPPER MEDALLIONS Joels' Choice UNC. $8.00



ELONGATED CENTS

Elongated (rolled) centsElongated cents, or rolled cents, are a popular and inexpensive collectible.  Machines allowing visitors to make their own souvenir "stretched pennies" are available at many tourist sites. We recently acquired a hoard of elongated cents.  Most were issued for various coin shows.  Every lot is different, however there is much duplication between lots.
Item ELONGATEx10 10 DIFFERENT ELONGATED CENTS $4.00
Item ELONGATEx100 100 MIXED ELONGATED CENTS $32.00



TRUMP CURRENCY

Donald Trump lover 1 Million Dollar noteDonald Trump religious 1 Billion Dollar note
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Since his election various groups have issued high denomination fantasy notes picturing Trump.  For Trump haters we have a 4 Billion Dollars note that features un-flattering portraits of the President and political jokes.  For Trump lovers we have a 1 Million Dollars “Commander in Chief” note.  For the religious minded we have a 1 Billion Dollars “Make America Great Again - Repentance Note” with Bible verses on the back.  Notes are the size of U.S. currency.
Item PM-TRUMP-LOVE 1 MILLION DOLLARS TRUMP LOVER NOTE, UNC. $1.50
Item PM-TRUMP-LOVEX10 10 OF THE ABOVE TRUMP MILLION DOLLAR BILLS $6.00
Item PM-TRUMP-REPENT 1 BILLION DOLLARS TRUMP RELIGIOUS NOTE, UNC. $1.50
PM-TRUMP-REPENTx10 10 OF THE ABOVE TRUMP 1 BILLION DOLLARS BILLS $6.00





NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY CHALLENGE COIN

NSA challenge coinThe National Security Agency is a top secret organization in the United States government which gathers, processes and analyzes communications around the world.  Recently they have been scrutinized for monitoring personal communications far beyond the scope of what most Americans were led to believe.  This 40mm, multi-color, National Security Agency Challenge Coin features the organizations emblem in color on one side, and the Great Seal of the United States on the other.    Challenge Coins are widely used in the United States military and other government agencies and organizations.  The medals usually bear the organizations insignia and are carried by members of the organization or presented in recognition of special achievements or visits by dignitaries.  So, where did we manage to obtain challenge coins from this clandestine spy agency?  From China, of course.
Item NSA NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY CHALLENGE COIN, UNC. $7.00


ARMY AND AIR FORCE EXCHANGE (AAFES) POG "COINS"

AAFES BASE EXCHANGE GIFT CERTIFICATE POG COINS
The Army and Air Force Exchange Services, commonly known as AAFES or just the Exchange, provides goods, services and fast food to members of the United States armed forces and their families throughout the world.  Prices are often lower than those found in nearby communities and most of the profits go to support the military's Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs.   Because of the cost and difficulty in supplying coins to bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East the AAFES produced these POG coins.  They are issued in the denominations of 5 cents, 10 cents and 25 cents and are printed on thin colorful 40mm plastic discs.  To avoid legal difficulties against issuing currency, the POGs are labeled as "Gift Certificates". The obverse has the denomination and the words "AAFES GIFT CERTIFICATE".   The POGS are issued in series, with a dozen or more reverse designs issued for each denomination for each series.   Since about 2003 each series has been dated.   Though they are only issued at forward bases, they may be redeemed at any AAFES facility. The POGS are listed in the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money, Specialized Issues. They are a fascinating but little known military currency collectible. 
Item AAFESx20 20 DIFFERENT AAFES POGS: includes 5, 10 & 25 cents, VF-UNC $15.00
Item AAFESx3 SET OF 3 AAFES POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $4.00



BRITISH NAAFI POG SETS

NAAFI - EFI 2010 POGS, 5, 10 & 25 CENTS
NAAFI 2010 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 Cents

NAAFI - EFI 2011 POGS, 5, 10 & 25 CENTS
NAAFI 2011 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 Cents (same design on 2012 & 2013 issues)
NAAFI (The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes) was organized by the British government to run shops, clubs, bars, supermarkets, restaurants, recreational facilities and other facilities for servicemen and their families on British military bases and aboard Royal Navy ships.  It serves basically the same function of as the AAFES Exchanges do for United States forces. In war zones NAAFI facilities are usually operated as Expeditionary Force Institutes (EFI), thus the POGS reference both acronyms.  These POG coins were created for use in on British bases in Afghanistan and are denominated in United States Dollars. Three denominations were issued:  a green 5 Cents, orange 10 cents and blue 25 cents, all printed on thin, coated cardboard.  The front has the denomination, date and the legends "NAAFI Gift Certificate” and "Valid and redeemable in any EFI facility trading in US Dollars".   The 2010 issue commemorates the 90th anniversary of NAAFI.  The back of 5 Cents shows a NAAFI wagon in Afghanistan, the 10 Cents shows a World War II NAAFI wagon and the 25 Cents has the NAAFI 90th anniversary emblem.  The 2011, 2012 and 2013 issues all have the same design on all three denominations featuring the NAAFI emblem on the back.  This series came to an end in 2013 with the withdrawal of the remaining British forces from Afghanistan. Most remaining NAFFI POGs were destroyed, making the difficult to find today. We offer the sets of NAAFI/EFI POGS by date.
Item NAAFI-10 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2010 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $6.00
Item NAAFI-11 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2011 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $4.00
Item NAAFI-12 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2012 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $4.00
Item NAAFI-13 SET OF 3 BRITISH NAAFI 2013 POGS: 5, 10 & 25 CENTS, XF-UNC $7.00


CASINO DOLLAR SLOT MACHINE TOKENS 

Casino 1 Dollar Slot Machine Tokens
With the disappearance of the silver dollar from circulation in the 1960’s, casinos began to issue their own Dollar tokens for use in slot machines.  Issues expanded as slot machines became legal in more jurisdictions across the United States and they have become a popular collectible.  Now that most casinos have switched to using tickets or cards rather than coins, the tokens are getting difficult to find.  We have assembled groups of all different Dollar slot machine tokens.  Most are from northern Nevada.  All lots contiain pretty much the same 10 tokens.
Item BK-$TKNx1 1 NEVADA CASINO DOLLAR SLOT TOKEN $2.00
Item BK-$TKNx10 10 DIFFERENT NEVADA CASINO DOLLAR SLOT TOKENS $9.75



HISTORIC CALIFORNIA BICENTENNIAL MEDAL

San Jose California Portola Expedition bicentennial medalSan Jose’s La Fiesta de Las Rosas celebration began in 1896. It was originally modeled after Pasadena’s Rose Parade as a way to bring tourists into town. It developed into a week long festival that celebrated San Jose as a "garden city", the areas rich agriculture and the community’s Spanish heritage. San Jose was founded in 1777 as the first Spanish civil settlement in what is now California. Over the years, the celebration had its ups and downs. In 1901 President William McKinley attended the festivities. In the 1920’s and 1930’s the festival had nationwide fame and brought thousands of visitors into San Jose.

In 1969 an attempt was made to revive the once popular festival. Preparations were made and a commemorative medal was struck for the upcoming event. Mexican-Americans in the community objected to the festival, claiming that the festival ignored the city’s Mexican heritage, honored the conquistadores who enslaved the natives of Mexico, and thought the money could be better used for improving the community. A riot broke out which left dozens injured and 23 arrested. (Remember this was the late 1960’s - protests and riots were regular events.) The festival was permanently canceled, though since then there have been occasional efforts to bring back a similar event under a different name.

The 32mm oxidized bronze medal commemorates a number of events loosely connected to the Fiesta de Las Rosas. One side depicts a map of California featuring San Jose, with the legend "SAN JOSE FIRST STATE CAPITAL / SANTA CLARA COUNTY" around the rim. To the right of the map is the legend "THIS COIN / CONTAINS / COPPER LEFT BY / EARLY SPANISH / EXPEDITION, / FOUND ON / OLD MISSION / GROUNDS, / SANTA CLARA. " The other side commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the first European land exploration of California by Gaspar de Portolá and Father Junipero Serra. Portolá is depicted on a horse, with Father Serra walking behind him. Below them is the legend "PORTOLA EXPEDITION" and the dates 1769 and 1969 separated by a rose. The legend "CALIFORNIA BICENTENNIAL / LA FIESTA DE LAS ROSAS" is around the rim. Thus it is a medal containing copper from the early Spanish expedition that commemorates the 1969 Fiesta De Las Rosas, the Portolá Expedition, California Bicentennial and San Jose as the California’s first state capital.
Item MED-SJ SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA 1969 LA FIESTA DE LAS ROSAS MEDAL $3.00
Item MED-SJx5 5 OF THE ABOVE SAN JOSE LA FIESTA DE LAS ROSAS MEDALS $9.00


1939 GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD MEDAL

1939 Golden Gate International Expo Union Pacific Railroad MedalThe 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition was a World's Fair held on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. One side of this 32mm aluminum medal features the official seal of the Exposition, which incorporates the newly constructed San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge and the 400 foot "Tower of the Sun". The other side of the medal features both a steam and diesel-electric locomotive engine and the logo of the Union Pacific Railroad. The legend around the rim reads "ROAD OF THE STREAMLINERS AND THE CHALLENGERS" "UNION PACIFIC" . Below the Union Pacific Shield is the legend "ALUMINUM IN THESE / FAMOUS TRAINS / FURNISHED BY / ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMERICA". The Streamliner was a streamlined light-weight diesel-electric passenger locomotive that was introduced in 1934. The Challenger was a huge articulated 4-6-6-4 steam locomotive that was introduced in 1936. It was nearly 122 feet (37 meters) long and weighed more than a million pounds (450,000 kg.). This medal has long been popular with train buffs, world's fair collectors. as well as numismatists. It is in Uncirculated condition. I have seen this offered elsewhere for as much as $45 each. Our price is MUCH less for this popular and attractive medal.
Item EXPO39 1939 GOLDEN GATE INTERNATIONAL EXPO UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD MEDAL UNC. $4.00
Item EXPO39x10 10 of the above 1939 UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD MEDALS UNC. $25.00



END OF A MIRACLE IN TITUSVILLE FLORIDA 

Titusville Florida Miracle City Mall/Titus Landing MedalThe Miracle City Mall was a large (275,000 square feet - 25,500 m2) indoor shopping mall in Titusville, Florida.  Built in 1969, it was the closest shopping mall to the Kennedy Space Center.  It thrived for years; however with the recession, the end of the Space Shuttle program and changes in shopping habits, the aging mall lost its tenants and was closed in January 2013.  It soon became an empty eyesore.  In 2015 the Mall was demolished and construction of new shopping center, named Titus Landing, was begun on the site.  A 39mm aluminum medal was issued to commemorate the transition.  One side depicts the old Miracle City Mall sign, and the dates 1969-2015.  The other features the logo of the new Titus Landing center.  Both sides bear the name of the city, Titusville Florida.
Item TITUS MIRACLE CITY MALL / TITUS LANDING, 2015 TITUSVILLE FLORIDA MEDAL BU $4.00


ELONGATED TOKENS CELEBRATE OUR 40th ANNIVERSARY IN THE COIN BUSINESS

Good For $1.40 and Good for $4.00 in trade rolled tokens
2010 marked our 40th anniversary of selling coins by mail (Internet did not exist way back then). To celebrate the event we created two elongated (rolled) coins utilizing some of the tokens we had struck for our 25th anniversary in the coin business. One rolled token is good for $4.00 in trade and was created from our good for $2.50 in trade token. The other is a Good for $1.40 in trade, rolled from our good for 50c in trade token. Both tokens feature our cash coin logo, and our address and "40TH ANNIVERSARY 1970-2010". The tokens were created by Oded Paz, utilizing a special process that kept much of the relief of the underlying design on the reverse, so our cash coin logo and old Merced mailing address is plainly visible on the reverse. Approximately 200 of each type were minted. We offer the tokens at their face value. They may be redeemed at any time for merchandise from our website, catalogs or at our table at coin shows that we attend.
Item JA-ROLL SET OF JOEL ANDERSON ROLLED COINS, GOOD FOR $1.40 AND GOOD FOR $4.00 IN TRADE TOKEN $5.40


OUR OWN MONEY

Joel Anderson 50 cent & $2.50 tokens To celebrate our 25th anniversary in the coin business, in 1995 we struck two tokens, a brass "Good For $2.50 in Trade" and a bronze-plated zinc "Good for 50c in Trade". Each had a mintage of 3000 pieces. We used these as gift certificates, for small refunds and in promotions for our mail catalogs. Because these show our old Merced address we no longer issue them, however you may still purchase or redeem them at face value.
Item JA50 JOEL ANDERSON GOOD FOR 50c IN TRADE TOKEN $0.50
Item JA250 JOEL ANDERSON GOOD FOR $2.50 IN TRADE TOKEN $2.50


WE CELEBRATE OUR 25th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Joel & Lila Anderson's 25th Wedding Anniversary We issued commemorative medals to celebrate our 25th Wedding anniversary in July. One side shows a pair of wedding bells, while the other bears the legend "JOEL & LILA ANDERSON 25th ANNIVERSARY 2004 / THE BEARER OF THIS TOKEN RECEIVES MUCH HAPPINESS". The 27mm tokens were struck by The Patrick Mint in both silver plated zinc and copper plated zinc. Only 500 of each were struck.
Item WED-AEWEDDING ANNIVERSARY MEDAL, COPPER-PLATED, UNC $2.00
Item WED-ARWEDDING ANNIVERSARY MEDAL, SILVER PLATED, UNC $3.00
Item WED-BOTH BOTH OF THE ABOVE MEDALS, UNC. $4.50


GOLD DOUBLOON FROM OCEANO, CALIFORNIA

Oceano California Vacation Rental Gold DoubloonOne side of this brass-plated zinc token has the obverse of the famed 1787 Brasher gold Doubloon, the first gold coin struck in the United States. The other side advertises the "Birds of a Feather Vacation Home, Just 32 Steps from the Beach in Oceano, CA". The token pictures two birds and provides the web address for the property: www.OceanoVacationHome.com and a phone number for booking information. The vacation home is available by the night or by the week. Two Thousand of the 27mm tokens were struck by The Patrick Mint. The token is a lot cheaper than the original Brasher Doubloons, which go for well over $1 Million, and it is one of the few tokens ever to come from the small beach community of Oceano, California.
Item TKN-BIRD1 OCEANO, CALIFORNIA VACATION RENTAL DOUBLOON, UNC. $3.00


"CALIFORNIA GOLD" TOKEN FROM OCEANO, CALIFORNIA

"California Gold" token for Birds of a Feather Vacation Home in Oceano, CaliforniaOne side of this brass-plated zinc token features the obverse of the famed California Gold Rush "Cowboy" 10 Dollar gold piece struck by Baldwin and Company in San Francisco in 1850. The other side advertises the "Birds of a Feather Vacation Home, Just 32 Steps from the Beach in Oceano, CA". The token pictures two birds and provides the web address for the property: www.OceanoVacationHome.com and a phone number for booking information. The token can be redeemed for $10 towards a booking at the beach house (limit one per booking). The vacation home is available by the night or by the week. One Thousand of the 27mm tokens were struck by The Patrick Mint. It is one of the few tokens from the small beach community of Oceano, California.

Item TKN-BIRD2 OCEANO, CALIFORNIA VACATION RENTAL $10 CALIFORNIA "GOLD" COIN, UNC. $3.00

Click Here For the previous issue from this establishment see the Gold Doubloon from Oceano, California.

"PIECE-OF-EIGHT" FROM PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Pismo Beach California Vacation Rental Store CardOne side of the silver-plated store-card token features the design of a 1743 Pillars Piece-of-Eight. The 27mm token is about the size of a 2 Reales rather than an 8 Reales. The other advertises the "SHELL-EBRATION BEACH HOUSE, PISMO STATE BEACH", along with its web address: Shell-ebration.com, telephone number and major features of the Beach House. The vacation home is available by the night or by the week. One Thousand of the tokens were struck by The Patrick Mint. It is an interesting token from this popular California beach community.
Item TKN-SHELL PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA VACATION RENTAL TOKEN, UNC. $3.00



WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINE TOKENS

West Virginia Coal ScripThese tokens, also known as Scrip, Dingles, Clackers and many other names, were issued by coal companies as an advance on wages when miners needed to buy mining supplies for their work, food or necessities for their home, pay rent on the company owned home, obtain medical care or almost any other aspect of life in a company town. Of course, they could only be used at company stores, where prices tended to be high. The value of the scrip would then be deducted from a miner's pay on payday. Miners could easily “owe their soul to the company store”. Metal tokens were widely used from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. During World War II fiber scrip was introduced in order to save metal, which was needed for the war effort. Most tokens had the name of the mine or store on it, and were often punched with the mine number or initials of the town. We have a historic collection of 10 different West Virginia (and maybe nearby states as well) coal scrip tokens, ranging in value from 1 cent to 1 Dollar. The tokens grade from Very Good to Uncirculated. It is an interesting and historic set.
Item COALx1 1 WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINE TOKEN, Joel’s choice $4.50
Item COALx10 SET OF 10 DIFFERENT COAL MINE TOKENS $35.00


ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CALIFORNIA STATE QUARTERS

Arnold Schwarzenegger California State Quarter Arnold Schwarzenegger Cruz Control California State QuarterWe have two versions of the California State Quarters featuring the former "Governator" Arnold Schwarzenegger. Famed moved actor and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California in an unprecedented special recall election which saw Governor Grey Davis removed. One coin features Arnold holding former Governor Davis by the neck. Davis was recalled in the election in which Arnold was elected. The other California quarter is labeled Cruz Control, after Arnold Schwarzenegger's main Democratic opponent in the recall election. It shows Arnold punching his opponent Cruz Bustamante. Both coins are dated 2005, the year the actual California state quarter was released. The coins were struck on actual United States quarters, to avoid anti-counterfeiting laws. The obverse features the George Washington head found the regular state quarters.
Item US-ARNOLDDAVIS ARNOLD CALIFORNIA STATE QUARTER - ARNOLD STRANGLING DAVIS $2.50
Item US-ARNOLDQCRUZ   ARNOLD CALIFORNIA STATE QUARTER - CRUZ CONTROL $2.50

BERMANIA TICKLE TOKEN

Bermania Tickle TokenBermania is a fantasy kingdom created by coin dealer Allen G. Berman. Its latest numismatic item is the Tickle Token. It is modeled after the medieval English Touch Pieces. In the 17th Century English Kings would bless sufferers of scrofula by touching them with coins. The touch coins were modeled after the gold Angel: one side featured the Archangel Michael and a ship was on the other. Each piece was personally bestowed by the monarch. Word of this got around to Bermania, where it was believed that a tickle by the king would cure glumness. These tokens were sold those seeking admission to the Royal Tickle Ceremony of King Placebus I of Bermania. One side pictures an angel tickling a dragon with a giant feather. The other depicts the Bermanian Pirate ship Soggy Bear. The 27mm copper token is Brilliant Uncirculated. Even if you don’t get tickled, it is good for a laugh.
Item BERM-TICKLE BERMANIA TICKLE TOKEN, 2014, BU $7.50



LATVIAN LOTTERY TICKETS

When we buy collections and dealers stock, we sometimes end up with some strange material. Somehow we ended up with hundreds of used (and I assume losing) lottery tickets from Latvia, dating from the late 1950's and early 1990's. At this time Latvia was under control of the USSR. What I cannot understand is why a communist country in which everyone is supposed to be equal would have a lottery, which promotes inequality by producing a few rich winners at the expense of many losers. Anyway, the tickets are fun, colorful, and make both an interesting and inexpensive collection and an unusual gift for any avid lottery player.
Item PM-LOTTOLAT8 8 DIFFERENT LATVIAN LOTTERY TICKETS $3.50
Item PM-LOTTOLAT100 100 MIXED LATVIAN LOTTERY TICKETS $19.95

MISSOURI OZARK STRAWBERRY PICKERS CHITS Price Reduced

Missouri Ozark strawberry pickers chits
These cardboard tokens were used to pay strawberry pickers in the Missouri Ozarks from the early 1900’s until about 1940. The chits are usually denominated in quantities of berries and show the issuing company. Workers received the chits as the berries were picked, and could redeem them later for pay. Because cardboard does not last long, few of these chits survived. Recently we purchased part of a hoard of these scarce and interesting pieces of history.
Item OZARK1 1 MISSOURI OZARK STAWBERRY PICKER CHIT $1.00
Item OZARK10 10 DIFFERENT OZARK STRAWBERRY PICKER CHITS FROM 10 GROWERS $7.50
Item OZARK25 25 DIFFERENT OZARK STRAWBERRY PICKER CHITS $15.00
Item OZARK100 100 DIFFERENT OZARK STRAWBERRY PICKER CHITS $75.00


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