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PISMO CLAM MONEY

During Roosevelt’s “Bank Holiday” in March 1933, many communities faced a severe shortage of coins and currency.  One of these was Pismo Beach, California. At that time Pismo Clams were plentiful, but money was not.  Due to the shortage of small change, local merchants started to issue local scrip written on Pismo clam shells, which could be redeemed at a later date. The clam shell money proved both popular and profitable.  Pismo clam money saw limited circulation in the local area; however most were kept by tourists as souvenirs rather than redeemed. About a dozen merchants in all issued Pismo clam shell money, with denominations from 25 cents to 20 Dollars.   Original Pismo clam shell money is now a collector’s item, with pieces selling for hundreds of dollars.

2019 PISMO CLAM MONEY

Pismo Clam Money, #20, Games Exchange, 2019
The Newman Numismatic Portal recently published an excellent paper by Joshua Smith "The California Clam Shell Scrip Currency of 1933".  It is available free on the Newman Numismatic Portal at:  https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/573710

After meeting with author Joshua Smith while he was doing research on Pismo Clam Money, Games Exchange owner Tony Warino and professional numismatist Joel Anderson decided it was time to do another Pismo Clam Money issue.  Tony wanted to use the Pismo Clam Money as a unique form of gift certificate.  Joel received requests for examples of their 2013 issue of Pismo Clam Money, which had sold out long ago.   Tony requested the shells be denominated at $20, as that was the most popular amount for gift certificates in his store.  In October 2019 an issue of 20 Pismo Clam Shells, denominated at $20 each, were created by local artist Sarah Chapman Renner, who drew the previous 2013 issues.  Shells were numbered 101 to 121.  Like the original clam shell money, each is hand drawn, hand signed and individually numbered.  Each has a different design. The shells are approximately 4.5 inches (11.5cm) wide.  We offer examples of this unusual Pismo Clam Money at its face value of $20.
Item PISMO19 $20 PISMO CLAM MONEY, GAMES EXCHANGE out



2013 PISMO CLAM MONEY

 Pismo Beach Clam Money
 In 2013, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the original Pismo Clam Money, three merchants in the Pismo Beach, California area revived the historic series with new issues of Pismo clam shell money: The Shellebration Beach House, which is located next to Pismo State Beach in Oceano, The Girl’s Restaurant located in Arroyo Grande and Games Exchange of Grover Beach. All three issues are denominated "Good for $5.00 in Trade". Like the original clam shell money, each was created by hand, hand signed and individually numbered, so each is slightly different. The shells are approximately 4.5 inches (11.5cm) wide.  We offer examples of this unusual Pismo clam shell money dated 2013 at its face value of $5.00.
Item PISMO-SHELL $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, SHELL-EBRATION BEACH HOUSE, OCEANO  out
Item PISMO-GIRLS $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, THE GIRL'S RESTAURANT, ARROYO GRANDE  out
Item PISMO-GAMES $5 PISMO CLAM MONEY, GAMES EXCHANGE, GROVER BEACH  out




"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: Shellebration Beach House, telephone number and major features of the Beach House.  The vacation home is available by the night or by the week. 1000 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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