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  1. #1
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    Brothel Tokens

    Has anyone found a brothel token. Just finished watching history channel and they mentioned their use.
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    Re: Brothel Tokens

    i was once told years ago they were all fake. or modern issues. i believe this.
    but since then i may have seen a real one for sale but can't remember anything about it.
    never owned one. if you were to find one post it for our perusal.
    good luck, it would be a neat find.

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    Re: Brothel Tokens

    I have heard the same thing as intimer says. If there really were a brothel that honored tokens, they certainly wouldn't say things like the modern gimmicky ones "good for nookie" or "good for all night" etc... They would've just said "Joes Saloon" or whatever, with no mention made of what value or goods (or maybe just say "$1.00" etc..., but NOT explicit wording on them)

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  5. #5
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    Re: Brothel Tokens

    Your web post was very good indeed. The story on the history channel showed a few from Denver, San Antonio and San Francisco. At one point the competition was very high, I believe one of the places in SanFrancisco started it by giving out Tokens to a few regular customers....but they are rare and prized. I alway thought it was just a modern joke, until I watched the show.
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    tokenguy

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    Re: Brothel Tokens

    there are some authentic brothel tokens from the USA...and a whole bunch of them from France and other countries like Cuba and Argentina.
    I am new at trying to post pix here...let me try...




    there are copies of the above token, modern copies, of not too good quality and can be easily seen. the above token sold on ebay recently for $25, a real bargain for the buyer.
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    Re: Brothel Tokens

    Quote Originally Posted by texasvarmit
    there are some authentic brothel tokens from the USA...and a whole bunch of them from France and other countries like Cuba and Argentina.
    I am new at trying to post pix here...let me try...




    there are copies of the above token, modern copies, of not too good quality and can be easily seen. the above token sold on ebay recently for $25, a real bargain for the buyer.
    Nice token!!! But there are many many fakes/fantasies,etc.out there !(a little list of some FAKES,Very partial list!) ,
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  8. #8
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    tokenguy

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    Re: Brothel Tokens

    Yeah I have that book, and a bunch of fake/modern brothel tokens. A lot of experience is the best way to determine authentic ones from the fakes. Fake ones outnumber the real ones by about 5000 to one I suspect.
    the real deal, an authentic brothel (brass shellcard) token:
    http://tokencatalog.com/token_record...cord_offset=32

    an a fake of the above token...which was a real brothel, but this token is modern and the brothel existed 100 yrs ago:
    http://tokencatalog.com/token_record...cord_offset=33

    so know your stuff....
    another authentic brothel token:
    http://tokencatalog.com/token_record...cord_offset=14

    and another authentic brothel token:
    http://tokencatalog.com/token_record...cord_offset=17



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    Re: Brothel Tokens

    So let's see, how would you phrase it?

    "Good for?"

  10. #10
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    Re: Brothel Tokens

    Simple: "Good for XXX dollars in trade".

 

 

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