USA, NEW MEXICO, brothel fantasy token, (1960s)


USA, NEW MEXICO, fantasy, no date (1960s), Obverse: HUNGRY EYE SALOON IN AND OUT NO ROUND AND ROUND CHICAGO, Reverse: blank, all incuse, brass, 45mm, spots, XF

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There is a series of these large diameter, mostly incuse “brothel tokens.” I saw a pamphlet about the guy in New Mexico who made them in the late 1960s. Their purpose was to sell at flea markets. A kind of folk art.

If someone produces a thing that says itÂ’s a coin but the country doesn’t exist, or some part of it is non-standard, we tend to call that a “fantasy.” Like a “coin” from Atlantis. Jewelry coins are jewelry bits made to look like coins. That is different from taking real coins and making them into jewelry.

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.