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Old 08-10-2010, 11:58 PM
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Default 5 Cent Trade Token

Hey, I found this old token in the park we've been hunting. Its the same size as a nickel and is blank on the other side. I looked on the internet for awhile, but couldn't find anything like it. Does anyone know if this was a common item, and where it may have been redeemed? I think the oldest coin we found has been 1887, so some of these finds are relatively old, for this area. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:43 AM
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Nice find!

Better Half found a similar token last year that was "good for one free package of mints"... there may be some relative info on the post:


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Old 08-11-2010, 07:05 AM
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Cool token!!!

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Old 08-11-2010, 12:04 PM
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Don't take this as gospel, but I've heard that those were used in slot machines in bars. To get around the gambling prohibition, the machine would pay out in those tokens which were supposedly redeemable only for merchandise. Unofficially, the bartender would give cash for them if he knew you well enough.

update - I see the linked post above gives a similar explanation.

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Old 08-11-2010, 12:34 PM
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Cool Token!!!

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Old 04-30-2011, 09:49 PM
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I just found a token like yours today near St. Cloud Minnesota. It says 1883 on the back.
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:31 PM
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Cool find Steve!

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Old 05-02-2011, 04:10 PM
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I have found a few like that (about the size of a nickel with a hole in the middle) that were from Fishman's Pool Hall, found in East Texas, from a site that was active in the teens and early twenties.
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Default I found one today? Trying to date it?

Here is a video of me finding it, I was really surprised,becase the site I was on was just for showing the detectors sounds and stuff.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:56 AM
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My dad and I found one exactly like this about 10 years ago on the Texas Gulf Coast area. We were told that they were generic style tokkens used in local trade. It did not have any establishment id or date on it.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:57 PM
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Cool token Stevo! I think these were generic type tokens that merchants good order for use in their establishments as opposed to buying specific tokens with their business name on them.

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Old 01-01-2012, 03:56 PM
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Default 5 cent trade token.

Hi, I have three of these with different numbers than yours but otherwise, they are identical. I have read post on some other sites that also say they were used in slot or game of chance machines. You would put in a U.S. nickel and the machine would pay out in trade tokens to get around the gambling laws. The numbers are supposed to have linked the tokens to a certain machine. Guy said he sold 11 of them for $150.00. I have also seen some sell on auction site for $9.99 each. Best info I can offer. This is my first post on this site so please forgive me if I broke any rules.
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