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TOKENS, MEDALS, AND OTHER NEAT STUFF!

NEWBEAUTIFUL BELGIAN CONGO GOLD MINE STOCK CERTIFICATE

Société des Mines d'Or de Kilo-MotoThis large, attractive bearer stock certificate was issued by the Société des Mines d'Or de Kilo-Moto.  It features a wonderful vignette that includes a native pushing a mining cart, canoes and a hut.  The red and black "Beneficiary share" certificate measures approximately 8.5" x 12.5" (22x32cm) and comes with an attached sheet with 16 remaining coupons. The certificate was issued after 1944.  Beneficiary shares received dividends upon presentation of the coupons attached to the certificate.   The Kilo-Moto mines were gold mines located in the north-east corner of what was then Belgian Congo and is now Zaire.  Gold mining started in Kilo about 1905 and in Moto about 1911.  The company was formed in 1926, taking over the mining in both areas.  The company had a concession area was 80,000 sq. km, which was more than twice the size of Belgium! In the 1950's it was one of the largest gold mines in Africa, employing some 19,000 locals.  After Congo's independence in 1960 output declined severely.  In 1966 the mines were nationalized and regular production has now almost completely ceased.
Item STK-KILO BELGIAN CONGO KILO MOTO GOLD MINES STOCK CERTIFICATE $15.00




NEWATTRACTIVE & HISTORIC OLD STOCK & BOND CERTIFICATES

Stock and bond certificatesCorporations used to issue attractive, beautifully engraved stock and bond certificates. Now stocks are is tracked electronically.  Certificates are rarely issued and some brokerage houses charge hundreds of dollars should you request one.   We have accumulated a wonderful selection of stock and bond certificates from a wide range of well known and not so well known American companies.  Most certificates measure 12" x 8" (30.5 x 20cm) and date from the 1960's to the early 1980's.   All are genuine issued and cancelled certificates in nice condition.   The look quite impressive when framed.  Every lot is different, though there may be some duplication between lots
Item STKx1 SINGLE STOCK CERTIFICATE, MY CHOICE $4.00
Item STKx10 10 DIFFERENT STOCK & BOND CERTIFICATES $29.00



NEWELONGATED 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



YNYSYBWL CO-OP TOKENS

Set of 10 Tokens from Ynysybwl Co-op Society in Wales.
Ynysybwl (don’t ask me to pronounce that) is a village in South Wales in the United Kingdom.  Its main industry was coal mining – until the mine closed in 1988.   The village had an active co-operative society, which still exists today.  Initially known as Ynysybwl Industrial Co-op Society, Ltd.  the name was later shortened to Ynysybwl Co-op Society, Ltd.  The society provided a wide range of goods and services to members, including groceries, household goods, hardware, travel agency cafeteria, building, painting and decorating services, ladies hairdressing, toys, TV and radio repairs, footwear, optical services, funeral services, sports and educational classes, though today the range of those services has been greatly reduced.  This set of ten different Ynysybwl Co-op tokens, including eight copper or brass tokens denominated between ½ Pence and 2 Shillings, and two plastic bread tokens.  These tokens have been offered on eBay for $10 to $20 each!
Item YNYSYBWL 10 DIFFERENT YNYSYBWL CO-OP TOKENS, VF $32.50


NEWPRISON TOKENS FROM MICHIGAN

Kinross Correctional Facility 5 Dollars tokenChippewa Temporary Correctional Facility 25 Cents tokenChippewa Temporary Correctional Facility 10 Cents token
In order to allow prisioners to operate in a monetary economy and earn money in prisonjobs, yet minimize the dangers of bribes to prison empolyees or use the money after an escape, many prisons issued special prison money for their inmates.  The distinctive tokens could only be used within the confins of the prison.  Anyone posessing the tokens on the outside would ge greeted with suspicion.  The tokens have now been largely supplanted iwht more slphisicated bookkeeping systems.  We have tokens from the Kinross Correctional Facility and the Chippewa Temporary Correctional Facility.  Both prisons are located on the founds of the former Kincheloe Air Force Base located in Chippewa County on the Upper Peninsuoa of Michigan.  The base closed in 1977.  From Kinross we have a 38.1mm green anodized aluminum 5 Dollar token.  From the Chippewa facility we have brass 25 cents and 10 cents tokens.  The tokens have a simple design with the name of the facility on one side and the denomination on the other.  You can get these tokens the easy way - ordering them from us, or the hard way - go to prison and earn them yourself.
Item KINROSS-5D KINROSS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY 5 DOLLAR TOKEN VF out
Item CHIPPEWA25C CHIPPEWA TEMPORARY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY 25 CENTS TOKEN VF out
Item CHIPPEWA10C CHIPPEWA TEMPORARY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY 10 CENTS TOKEN AU-SPOTS $3.50



LEPER COLONY COINS FROM COLOMBIA

Colombia Leper Colony (Lazareto) 5 Centavos coin 1901Colombia Leper Colony (Lazareto) 10 Centavos coin 1901
Leprosy was once a dreaded and incurable disease.  At one time it was feared that Leprosy could be spread by contamination of money.  In 1901 Colombia issued the world’s first Leper colony coins for use in their leper colonies in order to prevent the "contamination" of its money supply. We have two coins from this first series, the 5 and 10 Centavos dated 1901. Both coins have a similar design, featuring a large cross with the word “LAZARETO” (Leper) on one side and the denomination on the other.  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 these items are quite scarce as few were saved. 
Item CO-L5 COLOMBIA LEPER COLONY 5 CENTAVOS 1901 KM-L2 VF-XF $30.00
Item CO-L10 COLOMBIA LEPER COLONY 10 CENTAVOS 1901 KM-L3 VF-XF $30.00



OLD HACIENDA TOKENS FROM PUERTO RICO  

Puerto Rico, Hacienda Vega Redonda 1/4 Almud tokenThis token was issued by the Hacienda Vega Redonda for 1/4 Almud. Vega Redonda was a coffee plantation in the Municipio of Las Marias in western Puerto Rico.  The undated token is believed to have been struck in Germany about 1890. An almud is a basket of coffee berries weighing about 8.3 pounds (3.8kg.). The token was probably used to pay coffee pickers. The brass token shows no wear, though has some spots.  It has the same design on both sides featuring the name and location of the hacienda and the denomination.
Item PR-REDONDA-QTR PUERTO RICO, HACIENDA VEGA REDONDA 1/4 ALMUD AU-UNC-spots $15.00



CASINO DOLLAR SLOT MACHINE TOKENS Restocked

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.  We completely sell out every time we offer these.
Item BK-$TKNx1 1 NEVADA CASINO DOLLAR SLOT TOKEN $2.00
Item BK-$TKNx14 14 DIFFERENT CASINO DOLLAR SLOT TOKENS $15.00



RARE RECTANGULAR SHANGHAI MINT TOKENS

Shanghai Mint tokens: 1 Fen, 5 Fen & 1 Jiao, circa mid 1950's - 1960'sThese unusual rectangular tokens were used in the Shanghai mint in the 1950's. To discourage theft, regular coins were not permitted to be used within the mint. One side has the tokens characters "VIV" and the denomination in Chinese.  The other side just has the denomination in Chinese. The undated tokens are struck in aluminum. Chinese government factories were numbered, but this factory wanted to disguise itself. VIV is not the Roman numerals for 515, but it is VI + I + IV  = 614 which is the number of the Shanghai Mint state factory.  The 3 token set includes the 1 Fen, 5 Fen and 1 Jiao. 
Item CN-SHANG-SET3 SHANGHAI MINT 3 TOKEN SET 1 FEN - 1 JIAO VF out
Item CN-SHANG-1FEN SHANGHAI MINT 1 FEN TOKEN FROM THE ABOVE SET VF $6.00



NEWBREAD 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 the 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



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?).   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


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




EAST GERMAN MILITARY MEDALS

These medals were awarded to members of the East Germany’s armed forces or border patrol.  These 35mm medals come suspended on a pin-back five sided cloth ribbon.  The medals all utilize the same reverse which feature the insignia of the East Germany’s National People’s Army.  The insignia includes the emblem of East Germany surrounded by the legend "FÜR DEN SCHUTZ DER ARBEITER UND BAUERN MACHT" (For the protection of the workers’ and peasants’ power)  Bronze, silver and gold medals were awarded.  The gold and silver medals are plated. These medals show virtually no usage. Below is a selection of these rarely seen military awards.  As a bonus, each medal also includes the corresponding ribbon bar.

German Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Bronze Distinguished Service MedalGerman Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Gold Distinguished Service MedalDISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

The Distinguished Service Medals depict the busts of 1950’s era East German sailor, airman and soldier surrounded by the words "FÜR HERVORRAGENDE VERDIENSTE" (FOR OUTSTANDING MERIT) and  "NATIONALE VOLKSARMEE" (NATIONAL PEOPLE'S ARMY).  It was awarded for "Outstanding merit and personal readiness in support of the increase of combat capability and combat readiness"
Item EGER-MED-DS-B EAST GERMANY BRONZE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL $15.00
Item EGER-MED-DS-G EAST GERMANY "GOLD" DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL $25.00


German Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Bronze 5 Years of Faithful Service MedalGerman Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Silver Years of Faithful Service MedalGerman Democratic Republic (DDR) National People's Army Gold 20 Years of Faithful Service MedalFAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL

The Faithful Service Medals depict the flag the German Democratic Republic atop the red communist party flag with the legends "FÜR TREUE DIENSTE IN DER NATIONALEN VOLKSARMEE" (For Faithful Service in the National People’s Army)  The bronze medal was awarded for five years of military service, the silver medal was awarded for ten years of military service, a gold medal was awarded for 15 years of military service, a gold medal with colored flags and the Roman numerals XX on the ribbon was awarded for 20 years of military service.
Item EGER-MED-5SVC EAST GERMANY BRONZE 5 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL $12.00
Item EGER-MED-10SVC EAST GERMANY "SILVER" 10 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL $18.00
Item EGER-MED-20SVC EAST GERMANY "GOLD" 20 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE MEDAL $25.00

German Democratic Republic (DDR) Bronze Border Guard Medal of MeritGerman Democratic Republic (DDR) Silver Border Guard Medal of MeritBORDER GUARD MEDAL OF MERIT

The Border Guard Medals of Merit features a border post and an AK-47 (perhaps to shoot those trying to escape from East Germany) surrounded by the legend "FÜR HERVORRAGENDE VERDENSTE  GRENZTRUPPEN DER DDR" (For outstanding merit   East German Border Guard)
Item EGER-MED-BORD-B EAST GERMANY BRONZE BORDER GUARD MEDAL $20.00
Item EGER-MED-BORD-S EAST GERMANY "SILVER" BORDER GUARD MEDAL $25.00

SPECIAL - BUY THE SET AND SAVE!

Item EGER-MED-SET7 ALL 7 OF THE EAST GERMAN MILITARY MEDALS LISTED ABOVE, Buy the set and save! $75.00


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



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


CHINESE MOTHER OF PEARL GAMBLING TOKENS

Chinese Mother of Pearl Gambling tokensThese beautiful, hand carved mother-of-pearl gambling tokens were manufactured in China from the late 18th Century to the late 19th Century.  Most were exported to Europe where they were used in a card games.  They come a variety of shapes and sizes, including round, rectangular, oval and even fish-shaped.  Most are about 28mm to 55mm.  
Item CHINA-MOPx1 1 CHINESE MOTHER OF PEARL GAMBLING TOKEN $15.00
Item CHINA-MOPx3 3 DIFFERENT CHINESE MOTHER OF PEARL GAMBLING TOKENS $39.75



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



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


THE PARAGUAYAN COIN THAT WAS NOT TO BE

Paraguay, 1964 Charles De Gaulle visit bronze medalIn 1964 French President Charles De Gaulle planned a visit to Paraguay. He was the first head-of-state from outside Latin America ever to visit the country, so Paraguay wanted to honor the event with what was supposed to be their first ever commemorative coin. After the preliminary designs were done, French diplomats objected, because De Gaulle did not want to have his portrait on any legal tender coin. The planned coin was hastily converted into a medal instead. The large 45.4mm piece features the Paraguayan arms, depicting a lion guarding a liberty cap, on the obverse. The reverse pictures French President Charles De Gaulle and Paraguay President Alfredo Stroessner. The bronze medal has an oxidized (antiqued) finish. It was struck in a Switzerland with a very limited mintage. It is a scarce and interesting items that are rarely ever offered for sale.
Item PY-MEDAL PARAGUAY CHARLES DE GAULLE VISIT BRONZE MEDAL, 1964 $5.50


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


1838 ANTI-SLAVERY TOKEN RESTRIKE

1838 ANTI-SLAVERY TOKEN RESTRIKEThis modern token combines the designs of two of the most famous anti-slavery tokens ever produced. The original design was done in 1787 by William Hackwood under commission by Josiah Wedgewood. It featured a pleading slave in chains with the legend “AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER”. The Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade issued a token utilizing the design in 1787 A similar design, featuring a woman and the legend “AM I NOT A WOMAN AND A SISTER” soon followed. Josiah Wedgewood issued ceramic medallions and other items utilizing both designs. Others made a variety of merchandise utilizing the designs as well. In 1838 the American Anti-Slavery Society struck a Hard Times token utilizing the “AM I NOT A WOMAN…” design. It was struck by John Gibbs of Belleville New Jersey who had struck the famous 1833 Liberia cent. The token often circulated as a cent. The Society also commissioned a pattern utilizing the “AM I NOT A MAN…” design, however the issue was stopped by the director of the United States Mint. This modern copper-plated zinc 27mm token combines the obverses of both of the 1838 Hard Times Tokens, utilizing the issued female and unissued male token designs. The initial issue of 1000 pieces was struck during Black History Month, February 2010.
Item SLAVE 1838 ANTI-SLAVERY TOKEN RESTRIKE, UNC. $5.00


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


HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA "HOLLY TROLLEY" TOKEN

Holly Trolley, Hollywood, California bus tokenThe Holly Trolley was a bus line that operated only from 8PM to 4AM in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. It carried bar hoppers, partiers, movie stars and tourists on a fixed route through Hollywood. Stops were conveniently located near popular bars and restaurants. The fare was $1, however many bars would give these ride tokens to patrons. The service started in January 2006 and was operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. It was designed to keep drunks off the road and help avoid parking congestion. The bus was discontinued after only 18 months. The obverse 34mm aluminum tokens pictures the Holly Trolley bus with the legend " HOLLY TROLLEY HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA". The reverse features the logo of the Nederlander Organization, which operates live theatres throughout the United States, including Los Angeles and on Broadway. I expect this to be a popular token as Hollywood and transportation tokens are both popular with collectors.
Item HOLLY-1 HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA HOLLY TROLLEY TOKEN, BU $3.00
Item HOLLY-25 ORIGINAL ROLL OF 25 HOLLYWOOD HOLLY TROLLEY TOKENS, BU $29.75



A 10 CENT DRINK FROM FRAZER'S TAVERN

Good for 10 Cents in Trade at Frazer's Tavern, Evansville, IND.This 23mm aluminum “Good for 10 Cents in Trade” token was issued by Frazer’s Tavern, 201 West Illinois St. in Evansville, Indiana. The business operated from 1939 to 1977. Though Frazier’s Tavern is long gone, a bar still occupies the same, old, brick building. The token was probably issued between the 1940’s and the early 1960’s, when a drink could be purchased for 10 cents.
Item FRAZER FRAZER’S TAVERN, EVANSVILLE, IND. GOOD FOR 10 CENTS, AU-UNC. $5.00



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-BIRD 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

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"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

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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 manbe nearby states as well) coal scrip tokens, ranging in value from 1 cent to 1 Dollar. Included is the scarce World War II era fiber tokens. 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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