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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby john t peterson » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:03 pm

Now that you blokes have pulled out of the EU, would you please go back to speaking plain English? Please?? :HaHa:

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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window?? What are they? can you help??

Postby pennymachines » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:55 pm

badpenny wrote:Owl will do I suppose, although I still can't see it.
It is an amphora isn't it? I can see that now. :o
Amphorae, pyramids, Pharaohic symbols, owls - all this iconography makes me wonder if the Mortimer Birdsul Mills clan were Freemasons.

Don't worry John - plain English will be resumed as soon as possible.

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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby tammy » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:26 pm

I have took some more new pictures of the tokens/coins that I found in the 1930s goose neck bandit case window in the 1970s. I still have the gilt gold platted tokens. Also I have got in touch with Freddie Bailey. If anyone might know what they are, it could be him with his many years in the amusement machine trade over here.
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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby coppinpr » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:10 pm

I think these might be gaming tokens used in private clubs, usually for card playing (it was not considered "correct" to have cash on the card table). If they are, they are very late examples. It was common practice to put a royal head on the token, often the Prince of Wales. Tokens with Edward the VIII's grandfather Edward VII as prince of Wales are quite common, as are William IV and Victoria. I have never seen a George V. so possibly a Masonic club gambling token.
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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby brigham » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:00 am

If they haven't tarnished, then they are likely to be made of gold. That's David, who abdicated, I think, which is right for the age of the machine. It was probably in one of the more 'racy' Gentlemen's clubs.

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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby tammy » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:21 am

Thank you coppinpr, you really got me thinking a lot with your interesting reply. You could be right but I still am bordering on token or coin for an event... The trouble is, someone has gone to long lengths to produce the detailed quality of the effigy of the prince, also the milled edges like they have on the old sixpences and halfcrowns. Why gilt these tokens too? Gilting is using a very thin layer of gold so I believe!
The reverse star is interesting and so are the words in capitals GUILD MEMBER T.C. What could the T.C. be?

The coin tokens, as I previously said, were in the front window segment which was probably designed for 3 tokens penny size. They were wrapped in yellowed mag paper that had part of an article about peep machines. You wouldn't have known they were there till I unscrewed the back bit. I have always felt they were something special, probably an original gold award, maybe only done for a while. Someone out there must know???

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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby tammy » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:03 am

I got in touch with Freddie Bailey yesterday and he wanted me to send some pictures... however unless I have got it wrong, site private messages and site email don't allow me to send pictures... so maybe the site administrator could copy and paste them to him.
Could the letters T.C. be Trade Craftsmen? Or is it something to do with one of the many amusement machine suppliers emblems from the hay day of machines? I wonder what worth and value they might have? tammy

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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby gameswat » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:48 am

Tammy, I really think you're barking up the wrong tree about these being anything to do with the amusement industry. As stated by many of the hardcore collectors here earlier in the thread these have nothing marked on them that in any way correlates with other gold award tokens or standard arcade tokens. The gold award tokens I've had either showed the value or had a blank space to engrave or stamp the value. And I've never seen any coin op tokens with the king or queen on them, or gilded for that matter. I'd guess that an earlier collector in the 60's or early 70's placed them in the machine to use in the Gold Award window since they fitted and that's the only reason. I've done the same thing myself too many times, grabbed whatever tokens or coins would fit the job when I didn't have the originals. And I've found lots of oddball tokens and coins being used in machines because they were something that fitted. Like these American presidents tokens that I found in a British machine in the US as they happen to be the same diameter as a Penny. They were in the machine but have no relationship to the coin-op world.
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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby treefrog » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:52 pm

I suspect unless it be solid gold will be worth very little.

I love it when I find tokens used in slot machines as over the years apart from odd items wedged in various places you find both manufacturers and operators often used tokens instead of washers and in other mechanical roles. Latest one when restoring a Shefras Payola I found the below disc used as a washer....it states “the official disc of the shove ha’penny control association” there is even a reg design number. Normally they leave tokens associated with operation, but this is is a little different... I always put them back whereI found them, better that way :cool:



Loved the Payola by the way and I seem to have a problem wanting to keep all machines I get sorted....
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Re: Rare tokens/coins found in 1930s Roman Head bandit case window. What are they?

Postby brigham » Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:28 pm

Nothing to do with Alan Freed, then?


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