posted on May 4, 2004 08:44:09 PM new
Hello: Wading through a pile of old coins, left by my father years ago, I've come upon 4 metal coin-like things (tokens?) that aren't money but are advertising or celebrating something. Is there a technical name for these? They're all the size of a quarter or half-dollar.
A heads/tails marked "coin" that says on one side "Plug me in, I'm electrifying." Obviously a power company of some sort.
Copper, Arizona Mining Association Copper, "spirited pioneer in America's heritage."
Two hands shaking, "Financial and Fraternal Service," and on the other side, "W. O. W. Woodmen of the World Life Insurance, Omaha, Nebraska."
Horse and well-dressed gent next to horse, "Green River Whiskey, the whiskey without regrets," and on the other side, "It's lucky to drink Green River Whisky" imprinted on a horseshoe.
Any value to these? Worth listing? Starting at what? Separately or together?
posted on May 4, 2004 08:49:20 PM new
The "technical" category for tokens is called exonumia - They do have their own category on ebay under coins, it is easy to find. As far as value, it varies a lot. Doing some research in that category on ebay is a good start, it is my experience that tokens (especially more recent ones) aren't worth a whole lot, but there are exceptions...I believe there are a lot of Civil War token collectors, which circulated a lot then because there was a severe shortage of coins.
posted on May 4, 2004 09:51:07 PM new
Ebayvet: Thanks! I feel foolish now, because I could have found "exonumia" in the coins category - I think. I'll probably double list them in collectibles/advertising, too, and sell them together as a "lot."