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1812 Canadian Tiffin Imitation (brass) One Half Penny Token Fine $25.00  

1844 Banc of Montreal Half-Penny

Very Fine $5.00

See the Charlton Standard Catalogue

 

BAWDY HOUSE/BROTHEL

Goldfield Nevada, The Den Rebate Token {Brothel} AU 395.00 The 1990 census only had 14 of these known.  Nice chocolate brown patina. Ex Roza collection.  Prices on this continue to climb. A nice example of a seldom seen piece from an historic Nevada Brothel.

Mike Basta, Smelterville, Nevada; Steptoe Valley (S.V) {Bawdy House} Extra Fine 145.00  Smelterville was the red light district for the copper miners outside McGill Nevada.

GAMING

Montgomery Pass, Nv Casino - Full Roulette Chip Set Extra Fine/New $28.50 Scarce  

Complete Set of 5 Rare Tonopah Casino Chips Uncirculated/About Uncirculated $245.55 Very rare!  

SOLD

 Silk's Casino -Obsolete Emeryville Casino $1 Chip   $2.00    

SOLD

Silk's Casino (Obsolete Emeryville Ca Casino) 25 cent Chip   $2.00    

SOLD

Barney’s Casino Roulette Chip – South Lake Tahoe   $5.00    

SOLD

Set of 4 Vintage Roulette Chips   $4.00    

TRADE
Artie's Countrywood Lounge – Walnut Creek California Extra Fine $5.00 Good For One Drink, Brass

Byron Hot Springs, California Extra Fine/AU $32.50 Good for 12.5 cents at Buffet, Scarce

Camelot Park, Santa Maria California Very Fine $2.50 Pepsi on Reverse, Camelot Castle on Obverse

Elaut USA, Arcade Token Extra Fine $1.00 Same design on Reverse and Obverse

Pacific Cafe, Sedalia Missouri Extra Fine $4.00 Good for 5 cents in trade

 Carson City, Nevada; Arlington House "Good For one drink or cigar" trade token.

Net VF

$110.00

Extra Fine details. Reverse corrosion nets very fine. Uncommon; this token has had strong collector demand. 

Ely, Nevada. The Montana VF $12.00  The 1990 census only had 13 of these known.

SOLD

ERavey Baker Montana $.10 Trade Token VF+ $13.00  

SOLD

 Goldfield Nevada Employee Association  "Good For 5 cents" trade token.

Net VF

$7.00

Extra Fine details. Light soil  corrosion nets Very fine.

SOLD

Grand Coulee WA Willow Point Dairy Good For Token XF

$12.00

Hard token to find.

Joe Bigley 1606 East 79th Street Good For Token VF+ $11.00 Uncommon piece, token catalog # 223410

Nicholson Winery, wooden 'Nichol', Buy 3 - 4th Free UNC $3.00  

Keeney's Refreshments Trade Token VF- $8.00 Circa 1930's

SOLD

NEVADA

Ludwig Nevada Ludwig Club Trade Token XF- $28.00 The 1990 census only had 14 of these known. Nice chocolate brown.

SOLD

 

McGill, Nevada. McGill Drugstore XF $38 AU, nice piece. Rare. SOLD - to the McGill Store and White Pine County Museum, from whence it came and belongs, in 2009.
Pleast Beach Pavilion Penticton BC token F+ $6.00  

Rapid City SD Hotel Harney Trade Token XF- $8.00 Hotel long gone, we find no references available on this token.

Tonopah, Nevada Vienna Bakery Good For Token F $90 Strong Investor Demand for this piece, there is a known population of ONLY ONE in the 1990 census.

Tungsten, Nevada. S. Bernstein Oil and Stamp Co Trade Token XF $35 Another piece with historic strong collector demand.

The Bud Ely Nevada Trade Token VF $11  

Thrift Coupon Company America; "Redeemable by Token"

VF

$6.00

Very Fine Light Verdigris.  "Void After 1917". 1/10 cent cash value.

W&B Ely Nevada

XF- $24 Uncommon token.  Nice presentation.

SOLD

POLITICAL
Goldwater Campaign Lapel Pin Fine $4.50 Painted Steel

Maximilian (Mexican Imperial) Commemorative Token AU $4.50 Gold Plated Brass

1970 Rabies Dog Tag Token XF 2.50 Jen-Sal Rabies Tag, numbered and dates, diamond shaped

James Buchanan Presidential Commemorative Token XF $1.50 Brass

SOLD

John F. Kennedy 1985 - 25th Anniversary Token BU $3.50 Plated Clad

Abraham Lincoln 1984 Anniversary Token BU $3.50 Plated Clad

George Washington 1982  Anniversary Token BU $3.50 Plated Clad

 
EROTIC
Professional/Friendly   $5.00 SOLD OUT  

Friendly/Provider

 

$5.00

 

 

Active/Provider

 

$12.00

 

 

Ingenious/Aware   $3.00 SOLD OUT

 

Professional/Active   $5.00  

Heads I Win/Tails You Lose   $3.00  

Aware/Fearless   $5.00  

SOLD 

Aware/Versatile   $12.00  

 

Definitive/Humanitarian   $5.00  

SOLD

Friendly/Superior   $8.00  

 

The Machine Shop Erotic Token   $15 Chicago, Ill.

 

Frenchy's K&T  Adult Theatre Token

  $5  

SOLD OUT

Show World Center Adult Theater Token VF/XF $5.00 New York City, NY

Le Sex Shop Adult Theatre Token   $15.00 From Los Angeles, Ca

SOLD

ZODIAC
Set of 12 Zodiac   $46.00 Set of Twelve "Connect with a ..." zodiac signs with erotic poses on reverse. Uncirculated. The nicest set we have put together yet.

Aquarius/Humanitarian   $4.00  

SOLD 

Aries/Fearless   $4.00  

 

Cancer/Versatile   $4.00  

 

Capricorn/Superior   $4.00  

 

Gemini/Superior   $4.00  

  

Leo/Friendly   $4.00  

 

Libra/Professional   $4.00 Very Fine, minor corrosion

 

Libra/Sin City   $2.00  

 

Pisces/Provider   $4.00  

 

Scorpio/Definitive XF $5.00  

 

Sagittarius/Active   $4.00  

 

Taurus/Creative   $5.00 About Uncirculated

 

Virgo/Ingenious   $5.00 About Uncirculated

  9

Virgo/Sin City   $2.00  

 

SO CALLED DOLLARS
Alaska So-Called Commemorative Trade Dollar mint $5.00 Redeemable for 1$ in Trade or at Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Celebrates Alaska Statehood.

 

California Commemorative Dollar mint $5.00 Produced by Papel Mint in 1979, one of a 50-token set; comes in protective plastic mounted on card showing mintage of 10,000.

 

Hawaii State Commemorative Dollar mint $5.00 Produced by Papel Mint in 1979, one of a 50-token set; comes in protective plastic mounted on card showing mintage of 10,000.

 

Nevada Commemorative Dollar mint $5.00 Produced by Papel Mint in 1980, one of a 50-token set; comes in protective plastic mounted on card showing mintage of 10,000.

 

New York Commemorative Dollar mint $5.00 Produced by Papel Mint in 1980, one of a 50-token set; comes in protective plastic mounted on card showing mintage of 10,000.

 

FLAT PINS ('Flats' or Pins without stick backings)
Standard Oil Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

Standard Oil Flat Pin Unc $1.50 Large size

Montana MASSP  Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

Golden Gate Bridge Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

Antique Car Sedan Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

B of A, Bank of America Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

Cardinal Industrial Insecticides Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

Thunderbird Flat Pin Unc $1.50 Nice colors, small size

Thunderbird Flat Pin Unc $1.50 Red and Blue with White Bird, small size

W and R Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

The Tree House Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

Drive Through Tree California Redwoods  Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

Yellow Pages Flat Pin Unc $1.50 small size

Calgary Olympics 1988 Magnet Flat Pin Unc $1.50  

 
TAX
Alabama State 1˘ Sales Revenue Tax Token Very Fine $2.00  

Alabama State 1˘ Sales Luxury Tax Token AU $3.00  

Arkansas State 2˘ Sales Tax Token Very Good $2.00 aluminum

Illinois Retailers Occupational Tax 1.5˘ Very Fine $2.00  

Louisiana State 1˘ Sales Tax Token Extra Fine $2.00 aluminum

Louisiana State 5˘ Sales Tax Token Extra Fine $2.00 brass

Oklahoma  State 1˘ Sales Tax Token Very Fine $2.00  

Missouri State 1˘ Sales Tax Token Extra Fine $2.00 red plastic

Missouri State 1˘ Sales Tax Receipt Fine $2.00 aluminum

Washington State 1˘ Sales Tax Receipt Extra Fine $2.00  

State of Utah 5˘ Sales Tax Token Extra Fine $4.00 red plastic

We have many more tokens available. Please inquire with what you are looking for.

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More on Tokens:

War Between The States

People rarely supply children and money to Governments for war making.  The Bankers running government usually develop some false pretext for war, and then develop ponzi, pyramid and taxation schemes to fund the war.  During the US War between the States, both the South and the North resorted to use of paper currency (scrip) instead of honest money (gold and silver).  The honest money became so scarce that it barely circulated. 

Criminal bankers and local governments began to issue paper money.  Local and Regional Banks issued wildcat bank notes derisively called 'shinplasters'.  The US government tried to fool the people with paper money scrip and even postage currency ('encased postage'). 

Naturally, the people realized this paper scrip issued by banks and government was worthless paper promises that would never be redeemed. 

So, the citizenry began to introduce 'store cards' and 'civil war tokens'.   These store cards and tokens were like small coins, made of brass and/or copper, typically with the name of a merchant on the obverse and denomination and design on the reverse. These token 'store cards' served both as advertisements and as a medium of exchange.

Here is a great resource for the Civil War Era Tokens:

http://indiancent.wikispaces.com/Civil+War+Tokens

Western Expansion

The United States experienced a large growth spurt, especially in Western United States, between the end of the War Between the States (1865) and the beginning of the Great Depression (1929).  During these times, the demand for currency was larger than the supply, especially for coinage.  The discoveries of gold in California helped the US Mint produce gold coinage, but that was in larger denominations - those typically not used in day-to-day transactions.    'Good For', 'Trade', and 'Merchant' tokens were produced by private firms, underwritten by the merchant, to exchange for a fixed price of goods or services.  This stimulated the merchant's business (and served as advertising) by providing a medium of exchange that previously did not exist whereby a prospective customer could purchase a good or service without having to cash in a one dollar gold coin.

During the Renaissance artists produced unique tokens and medals when sponsored by wealthy merchants and landowners. The tokens would sometimes represent busts or portraits of the sponsors or their loved ones.  Other tokens, or one side of the portrait token, would look similar to themes or designs used by the Romans so that the public would recognize the familiarity and be more disposed to purchasing (or at least admiring) the coin.  These artists, and their sponsors, would offer the tokens and medals as 'tokens of appreciation' (now you know where the phrase originates) when esteemed visitors would visit the estate of the sponsors.  Other times the artists or sponsors would provide the token along with a small gift or letter to other friends and family.

EROTIC TOKENS - EXOTIC TOKENS - NAUGHTY TOKENS - ZODIAC TOKENS - SEX TOKENS

We've received a number of emails interested in and inquiring about the exotic tokens/erotic tokens listed here.  Erotic Tokens or Brass Checks (or cheques) were most recently (typically) used by entertainment emporiums as ‘good for’ some service, typically an entry to a show. The majority of erotic tokens (also known as 'burlesque', 'adult' or 'exotic' tokens) I have listed are likely from the early 1970s and would have been used in peep show arcades, usually in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Our original stock was from an estate we purchased lot via a dealer from Santa Cruz, Ca where a woman collected these coins in the late 1970's and early 1980s.  Based on her inventory and pricing we established a basic, if imprecise, determination on the relative rarity/value of these tokens. 

"Good For" tokens, even ones for erotic service, have been around for many centuries. The Romans called them Spintriae

See some examples here:

http://www.antiquanova.com/erotictokens.htm

The Romans produced about 13 distinct and different styles of these erotic tokens, their exact use has not been written down for our benefit, and one can only speculate regarding their particular use or value.  The reverse of these tokens typically had a Roman Numeral.  Modern erotic tokens have incorporated these designs; often the obverse of the modern token is one of the thirteen original designs and the reverse represents one sign of the zodiac - a fitting pattern since the zodiac has twelve symbols and well matches closely to the number of the 12 original obverse designs. 

Erotic tokens are just a subset of “good for” token. These chits substituted for currency. In many boom towns on the frontier actual coinage was in short supply.  Hence, merchants would use issue tokens good for trade in their store.  These also served as coupons and advertising.   Also, use of privately issued coinage would enable the merchant to minimize or even evade paying taxes.  Brothels have always been a good place to launder money for services and avoid the taxman.  The IRS actually operated a brothel that it took from Joe Conforte for tax evasion, once in the 1980s and once in the 1990s.  Tokens tell a fascinating tale of mercantilism.

 We currently have in stock one brothel token (The Den - Goldfield, Nv) and have seen many more.  Eventually the public brothels disappeared from most towns (except in Nevada) and the tokens lived on through use in the peep show machines of the early 1900s, and later, the adult bookstores.   Beginning in the 1990's the bookstores began replacing machines that accepted tokens with machines that only accepted dollar bills.  Hence, the use of erotic tokens has stopped, by and large, and are therefore no longer being produced and have become obsolete.  

Another Theory

This a great paper where the author speculates that the roman tokens were actually gambling markers:

http://www.uq.edu.au/economics/hetsa/Fishburn%20final.pdf

UPDATE (May 2008): Now that our curiosity was piqued, in May 2008 we went to some of the adult emporiums, bookstores, and theatres in the City of San Francisco (only to look inside the cash register, or course).  There were only two stores left in the city that still used tokens (all the rest have gone to paper money or credit cards).  And these stores will only use tokens for another two months until they switch over to the more modern machines.  Therefore, the era of erotic tokens has ended.  Even among the common modern tokens, their demise in nigh. 

We've learned quite a bit about the use, scarcity factor and number of erotic tokens over the past couple years and are happy to share this information here at CoinMine.com.  We haven't found this information published anywhere else. 

Say, why not buy a set of erotic tokens from CoinMine, making them your own and starting a new collection that should be good for a few jokes around the Thanksgiving table. 

UPDATE (October 2008): As of October 2008 we can find no emporiums in California which use tokens. That era is gone (and frankly I am not that interested in going into those neighborhoods anymore).  We understand that the Le Sex Shoppe in Los Angeles, Le Sex Shop in Chicago, and The Machine Shop and Gold Coast on Clark Street in Chicago are all long closed.

UPDATE (November 2008): Our trip to the Santa Clara coin show was most fortuitous. We met up with the same dealer who originally sold us the lot from the Santa Cruz estate. We bought the first lot from him at the same Santa Clara show in 2005.  This time he said this was about everything he had from that estate. There are some new tokens that were not in the original lot, although much of the stock is duplicate material.  It is good to have new inventory, though we have no idea where we will replace the stock. We have begun to catalogue all the pictures we have taken of the tokens we have sold to date.  Perhaps someday we can publish a small pamphlet on these Erotic Tokens!

In the Zodiac series, what we have learned is that the four hardest tokens to accumulate are Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Pisces.

In the Erotic Pose token series we have learned the two rarest tokens are Friendly/Creative and Definitive/Humanitarian.

Here is a list of all the known combinations as submitted by a kind reader:

Aware/Active
Aware/Definitive
Aware/Fearless
Aware/Ingenious
Aware/Versatile

Friendly/Creative
Friendly/Humanitarian
Friendly/Professional
Friendly/Provider
Friendly/Superior

Professional/Active
Professional/Definitive
Professional/Ingenious
Professional/Versatile

Active-Creative
Active/Provider

Creative/Ingenious

Definitive/Humanitarian

Versatile/Fearless

Provider/Humanitarian

The number of times a trait is mentioned:

Aware- 5
Friendly- 5
Professional- 5
Active- 4
Creative- 3
Definitive- 3
Ingenious- 3
Provider- 3
Versatile- 3
Fearless- 2
Humanitarian- 2
Superior- 1

FANTASY TOKENS

We have stocked and sold 'fantasy tokens' or 'fantasy pieces'.  These are copies, or reproductions, of actual tokens that had previously served in commerce at saloon, bawdy houses, and houses of ill repute throughout the western united states.  Some of these are marked 'copy' on the token, and some aren't.  A few of the places represented:

 

China Doll Saloon - San Francisco, Ca

Dotty's House - Poverty Hill, CA

Fat Ann's - Carson City, Nv

Gem Saloon - Tombstone, Az Terr.

Hap's Bath House - New York

Hungry Eye Saloon - Chicago, Il

Lillie's Saloon - Hangtown, Ca

Long Branch Saloon - Dodge City, Ks

Octagon Saloon - Los Angeles, Ca

The Octoroon - Los Angeles, Ca

Poke of Gold Saloon - Folsom, Ca

Silver Dollar Saloon - Denver, Co

Slim's Palace - San Francisco, Ca

Southern Belle Saloon

Stella's Saloon - Virginia City, Nv

Swede Saloon - Yuma, Az

Uncle Sam Hotel - Yuma, Az Terr.

 

More on Tax Tokens:

Nowadays most folks don't give a second thought to paying taxes on purchases since the tax is charged at the same time and is just 'the cost of doing business'.  It wasn't always that way, however.  Currently the federal and state governments force merchant to charge a percentage of the transaction as a sales tax directly into the transactions, in dollar amounts.  Previously the state wasn't authorized (by the people) to do such, and they would charge a 'token' tax, representing both the type of transaction type - as a physical token - and the supposed pittance of the tax (which originally started as a nominally small amount such as one-half of one percent but - like most other taxes - have grown enormously to support the bureaucracy - and in most states now are between 4% - 7.75%.  This fixed state (and city) tax was conducted as a transaction, separate from the sale.  That is, the merchant would charge you a dollar for a box of nails, and then separately charge a token for the tax.

Some 'vice' consumer goods, such as tobacco and liquor, had their own special type of tax - the revenue tax - which was actually a type of stamp affixed to the package/container showing that the goods dealer did indeed give the state a cut of the action.  Of course, as is currently done, the tax is built into the transaction in hopes the consumer will not even notice the ever-creeping tax rate. 

Additionally, some states - such as Alabama and Louisiana- had a separate Luxury tax paid by token "for the Public Welfare" of course.

This is similar to how the feds charge an income tax.  For many decades, when the citizenry was strong, they would not even allow the central government to charge a tax on wages.  The first few feeble attempts by the corrupt senators was roundly and soundly defeated by the (at the time) relatively honest supreme court.  Of course over time the corrupt power brokers sacked the honest court judges and eventually we ended up (through a combination of avarice and apathy) a corrupt judicial branch willing to enforce the wage levy.  However, notice that today the income/wage tax is taken right off the top. The government requires your employer to set aside their cut before you even see it in your paycheck. They make sure they get paid first. Should they try to pry the money from your hands or bank account twice a month they realize that would set the people in a bitter mood, so it is: "Out of sight, out of mind".

Many counties/townships/etc use the term mil levy to refer to their property taxes. A 'mil' is 1/1000 of a dollar, or 1/10th of a cent. (Now you know where the term 'good for 1/10 cent' comes from as seen on your typical coupon for consumer goods at the grocery store).   Sales tax tokens were used from the 1920's until the1940's to collect tax that was equal to or less than 1 cent.  Some cities and counties independently issued tax tokens in addition to, or instead of, the state tax.  Also, the states would occasionally issue these tax tokens to support particular funds in lieu of bonds such as 'old age' funds, emergency relief funds, luxury tax, and widows and orphans funds.  Issuing these tokens proved a valuable way - before the age of computers - to keep track of where sales taxes should be distributed, the matter was as simple as collecting the tax tokens form vendors and distributing tax funds accordingly.   They were only used in about eleven states. California and West Virginia tax tokens are very scarce; we have the other states listed in our inventory.

 

Candy/Confection Tokens

In the 1920s and 30s when gambling was illegal, slot machines (and pinball bingo machines) would pay tokens to get around the gambling laws.  Mills, Jennings and other slot machines used these tokens instead of coinage.

 

Hence, they were pretty common back then and still are pretty common today.

 

Amusement Arcade Tokens

There are many different designs of amusement arcade tokens.  Merchants began using them in the 1920s and you can still find them in use today all throughout the world.

 

Mardi Gras Tokens

Special Thanks to Remdor Collectibles for this description:

"New Orleans Mardi Gras tokens were first minted in 1960 when Rex, King of Mardi Gras, presented the first tokens to his loyal subjects, by throwing them from his parade floats. Many parade organizations, called krewes, soon picked up on this new concept. They placed their crest or emblem on the obverse, and the yearly theme of their parade on the reverse of the dated tokens.

 

H. Alvin Sharp, a very gifted inventor and artist, came up with the idea and designed many of them. He named these tokens, "doubloons". Those doubloons that are thrown to the crowds are made from lightweight 15 gauge aluminum with some of them anodized different colors. The "heavies", as they are called, are minted from thicker 10 gauge aluminum, bronze, .999 silver, and other metals. Most of these are handed out to relatives and friends as favors.

 

Truly a work of art, these silver-dollar sized tokens measure about 1-1/2” in diameter. Not only are they collected in the New Orleans area, but all around the country, and the world as well. They are highly desirable for rare dates, rare krewes, and for the collectible subject matter on the reverses. 

 

They have never been sold to the general public by the organizations since they were only made for Mardi Gras throws and favors. They are minted in limited quantities each year, and many hundred's of thousands in collections were lost in the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina in 2005."

 

If it Isn't a Token, what IS It?

(The Wonderful World of Exonumia)

You might have a "So Called Dollar", a "Fantasy Piece" or even a Medal.

Find out more information on Medals here:

http://www.maineantiquedigest.com/medals/medals_collector.htm

But be careful, as there are counterfeits out there:

http://www.exonumia.com/fakes.htm

Great Token Site:

http://www.chicagocoinclub.org/projects/PiN/cut.html

Or, Maybe you have a 'Civil War Token', or a 'Store Card' or a 'Patriotic Token':

http://cwt.michigano.org/

 

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