5071 Token.

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Detecto92, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    I cannot find this token online. Even tried an online token catalog.

    The token says "5071" Well surely there was no business called "5071".

    The only thing I can think of, is that this is a pattern token. A company who makes tokens, used this token to show clients the style of the token. 5071 would of been the pattern number.

    Anyway, just a guess.
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  3. longnine009

    longnine009 Hammer of the gods

    Then why are rims worn? Why is it cancelled?
  4. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    Not cancelled. The way it was made. I never heard of them "cancelling" a token.
  5. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    While we are on the subject of mystery tokens:

    I'm thinking this may be another pattern.
  6. cladking

    cladking Coin Collector

    There are very few "pattern tokens" and most are obviously patterns or are uniface.

    The above token is probably a Chicago token used in a nickelodean in the 1920's. I'd guess Miller's Mints and could look it up. It's a fairly common token if memory serves.

    Let me think about the DOF one a bit.
  7. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    Google Searches:

    "5071 trade token" 0 results.
    "5071 Token" 0 results.
    "5071 good for" 1 result but not coin related.

    A search on tokencatalog.com: 0 results.

    Can't find the other one either.

    Rare? Maybe. Obscure? Definitely.
  8. longnine009

    longnine009 Hammer of the gods

    Good 4's have been cancelled before by punching a
    hole through them or striking a line through them.
  9. lincolncent

    lincolncent Future Storm Chaser Guy

    Given the positioning of the 5 on the 5071 side I'd say there's a decent chance a hole was punched in it.
    Also from what I can tell from the photos, the inside cut looks kinda rough.
  10. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

    The first one is (from what I remember) a generic arcade token. These are found in abundance in junk boxes for about a dime to a quarter each. I used to have a link to a site that had these listed but the link was broken a long time ago.

    The second one, I can't help with that.
  11. lincolncent

    lincolncent Future Storm Chaser Guy

    What's on the other side of that one?
  12. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    The first one looks like a numbered slot machine token.
    Some of these had a plug in the hole.
    No clue on the second one.
    Nice images.
  13. krispy

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  14. BUncirculated

    BUncirculated Well-Known Member

    Back in the day, mine workers in the coal mines of the south were paid with company tokens and script instead of money, that was redeemable only in the mine company's store. After the token was used in trade for goods, they would be cancelled out with punching a hole in them.
  15. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

    Here's one example I have in my collection:

  16. krispy

    krispy krispy

    Here's an example of a Vens coupon un-punched.

    A reference for such tokens: "Video Arcade, Pinball, Slot Machine, and Other Amusement Tokens of North America" by Stephen Alpert and Kenneth Smith. There's one copy listed for $75 online through Abe Books as of this writing.
  17. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Alpert and Elman put out, Tokens and Metals First Edition in 1992.
    All black and white images but still a cool reference.
  18. Detecto92

    Detecto92 Well-Known Member

    Well we are getting somewhere. Krispy has dispelled the myth of them being pattern tokens. Sources indicated they were amusement tokens.

    Still trying to find out what each number was for. Perhaps they were serial numbered?

    The F DOF token is still a mystery.
  19. TheNoost

    TheNoost huldufolk

    Federal Department of Finance or Fire Department of Funkytown?
  20. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    First Division Of Freemasons? Fireside Detectives On Freemont (st)?
  21. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    They were made in large numbers using the same number.
    This let folks track a machine, a worker or a vendor.
    Fun stuff.
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