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  1. #1
    us
    Feb 2007
    Indianapolis, Indiana
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    Unidentified Coin?

    I found this coin seven inches deep in an old neighborhood in Indianapolis. What is it?
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  2. #2

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    Re: Unidentified Coin?

    Kent--

    I am pretty sure that is a "magician's token", but I loaned my reference on them to a fellow who managed to lose it...

    They were used by magicians as part of a magic trick where it was pulled out of thin air, etc. Often times a half dollar coin was used the same way. These may have been tossed to someone in the audience as the last part of the trick. Many of them have some indication as to the name of the magician who had them made for his act.

    John in ID

  3. #3
    us
    Sep 2006
    Montana
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    Re: Unidentified Coin?

    It sure looks unique, and almost homemade? Maybe it truely is one-of-a-kind!

    Neat find

  4. #4
    us
    Always huntin' fer somethin'

    Dec 2006
    My first M/D find
    Garrett Ace 250
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    Re: Unidentified Coin?

    Whatever it is, it's cool!
    ~~~ I am the Prince of Tides ~~~

  5. #5

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    Re: Unidentified Coin?

    You are right, Mrs. O!

    Some of these magician's tokens are pretty common and others aren't. Probably if they are like "good-for" tokens, the minimum order was 100. If anyone is interested in seeing more exampes of magician's tokens, check out www.magictokensociety.com

    John in ID
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    Re: Unidentified Coin?

    Welcome to TreasureNet, Kent! I think you're going to like it here!

    There was a piece similar to this one, but looped, in the January issue of Western & Eastern Treasures ("Ask Mark Parker"):
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  7. #7
    us
    Sep 2006
    Montana
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    Re: Unidentified Coin?

    PBK... Damnit your right!! And most of us probebly read the dang article!

  8. #8
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    Re: Unidentified Coin?

    Quote Originally Posted by idahotokens
    I am pretty sure that is a "magician's token", but I loaned my reference on them to a fellow who managed to lose it...
    John in ID
    John, I checked in Kuethe's Magicians' Tokens and Other Items, and it doesn't seem to be in there. However, there is a "Japan Magic Shop" token with a Sphinx reverse.

    I might also mention that there are some early 1900's segmented watch fobs which have a fairly similar medallion, or "drop," a shown below:
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  9. #9

    Aug 2003
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    Re: Unidentified Coin?

    Aha! Great catch, PBK!

    John in ID

 

 

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