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Thread: Unknown Token: Just a "V" and 5 stars, both sides

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    Unknown Token: Just a "V" and 5 stars, both sides

    I found another like this a year or two ago. Found two about 3 feet apart yesterday, about 3 feet from a different token that dates to the 1930's-1940's. Any information about this one, anybody? Tried searching Token Catalog for "V" but didn't see it. Reverse is identical. Just an arcade token, perhaps?

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    Since there are five stars, the V may represent the Roman numeral 5, but for what purpose I couldn't tell you. I searched the Numista token catalog as well, but nothing like it. Interesting find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raider19962 View Post
    Since there are five stars, the V may represent the Roman numeral 5, but for what purpose I couldn't tell you. I searched the Numista token catalog as well, but nothing like it. Interesting find!
    Thanks for trying! I suspect it was from some local (St Paul) business, given that I've now found three of them.
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    Cool find, congrats!
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    In House Video Game Token would be My Guess.
    (Video Parlor, County Fair, Mall)

    That way the V would be Self Explanatory When
    You buy them at the Counter Or they Pop out the Machine
    Last edited by jeff of pa; May 10, 2019 at 06:20 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff of pa View Post
    In House Video Game Token would be My Guess.
    (Video Parlor, County Fair, Mall)

    That way the V would be Self Explanatory When
    You buy them at the Counter Or they Pop out the Machine
    Yeah, my best guess is something like that, too. Probably generic, sold in mass to any company that needed tokens.
    But if that is true, you'd expect them to be common enough to be on token catalog, wouldn't you think?
    Last edited by Iron Buzz; May 10, 2019 at 07:36 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Buzz View Post
    Yeah, my best guess is something like that, too. Probably generic, sold in mass to any company that needed tokens.
    But if that is true, you'd expect them to be common enough to be on token catalog, wouldn't you think?
    Depending how Old they are.
    I would Guess 80s/90's Only because I Think that was the Beginning of the Video Games
    Parlor Era
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    IB - your token is listed in Kenneth Smith's Amusement Tokens of the Minneapolis - St. Paul Area as #992 VAA . The listing on tokencatalog needs pics of both sides - if you could take pics of both sides and post them there, it would be great.

    V (TC-466080)

    This is indeed a pinball machine token from one of the hundreds of places in the area that used them starting in the early 1930s.

    John in the Great 208

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    Quote Originally Posted by idahotokens View Post
    IB - your token is listed in Kenneth Smith's Amusement Tokens of the Minneapolis - St. Paul Area as #992 VAA . The listing on tokencatalog needs pics of both sides - if you could take pics of both sides and post them there, it would be great.

    V (TC-466080)

    This is indeed a pinball machine token from one of the hundreds of places in the area that used them starting in the early 1930s.

    John in the Great 208
    Here you go. Notice that there is a very slight difference... the leftmost arm of the "V" on one side of the coin is a double line. This is identical on both tokens. Found in Inver Grove Heights, MN.

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    Thanks! Here's the listing:
    V (TC-466080)
    John
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    FYI, I found two more of them at the same site yesterday, making a total of 4 from one yard.

 

 

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