MONACO 10 francs casino chip (1980s?)


MONACO, casino chip, no date (1980s?), Paris mint, Obverse: building, SOCIETE DES BAINS DE MER CASINO DE MONTE-CARLO, Reverse: logo, 10…, copper-nickel, 26mm, edge nicks, scruffy VF

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The casinos of Monaco issued many kinds of gambling chips over the years. Some of them, such as this one, were made at the Paris mint.

people have gambled since before the beginning of money. But sometimes money was unavailable, or gambling was illegal, so people would use things other than money for their bets, so they could say they weren’t gambling. Or the gambling house would want the edge that you get by using house tokens. As long as the gambler doesn’t cash in the tokens the house gets to use the money.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.