MOROCCO USA military token 1950s


MOROCCO, USA military, no date (1950s), Obverse: NCO OPEN MESS NOUASSEUR 5, Reverse: same, brass, 21mm, C-MR70, XF

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The military services of the United States were fond of making their own tokens for internal use from the late 19th century to the end of the Vietnam War.

A token is used like a coin but is not a coin. Rather, it stands for a coin without the value of the coin. Maybe its copper, but says its value is the same as a silver coin. Usually tokens were made privately, but sometimes governments got involved.

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.