A Numismatic, "What was this used for?"

braddickbraddick Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭✭

Any ideas? I have yet to see one of these before.

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  • ms70ms70 Posts: 11,319 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Do you have anything to reference the size? Like a pic of it with a dollar bill?

    What size coin fits in there?

  • braddickbraddick Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭✭

    I honestly don't know. These were the only two photos I was provided with. Perhaps about the size of a quarter?

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  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 2,785 ✭✭✭✭✭

    looks like could hold 4 or 6 eagles, enough to get a lady out of a bind 100 years ago

  • BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 3,196 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Most things like this held $5 and $2 and 1/2 golds, or the near-equivalents Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns.

    Eagles and Double Eagles were things that sat in bank tills or in miser's old wool socks. Double sovereigns and five sovereigns were very uncommon.

    IMHO.

  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 21,486 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Gold sovereigns?

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  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 17,773 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's smooth surfaces lead me to believe it was designed to be worn in a manner that would hide it from view. Gold coins of some sort would have been carried as emergency money during travel. Look for any hallmarks to get a better idea of where it was made and what country's coins it was made for.

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  • BackroadJunkieBackroadJunkie Posts: 3,664 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a close relative (or even the same design) as this?

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 37,037 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @AUandAG said:
    Gold sovereigns?

    bob :)

    British gold coin about the size of a nickel with .2354 oz of gold.

  • 3keepSECRETif2rDEAD3keepSECRETif2rDEAD Posts: 3,925 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ...way cool, the piece and the stories of what it might be...reminds me of my younger years, I never went south of the boarder without twenty bucks in each sock...and yes, it worked well for me ;)

    Erik
  • braddickbraddick Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭✭

    I see Germany stamped on the gold edge (slightly out of focus). Is the case potentially made out of silver?

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  • braddickbraddick Posts: 17,812 ✭✭✭✭

    Additional photos:

    Such a long chain too. Perhaps to hide the box around the wearer's neck and have it ride
    toward the waist?

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  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 10,010 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 10, 2019 8:17AM

    I'm having a hard time determining the size. Are we sure it's not just for transportation tokens? That would explain why it is worn. There are a lot of transportation token holders of similar design.

  • topstuftopstuf Posts: 13,474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's been answered. It's a coin holder/dispenser.

    Here's a foldy one for gold coins. I replaced the US gold with Sovereigns.

  • rickoricko Posts: 69,503 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nice ladies coin purse.... for emergency funds.... Cheers, RickO

  • JBKJBK Posts: 5,917 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Agree with all the above.

    As it is not fancy on the outside I'd guess it was meant to be worn under one's clothes.

  • fcfc Posts: 12,747 ✭✭✭

    Chains often break and wear out due to use. The chain may not be original or was meant to be doubled up for strength around one's neck?

  • davewesendavewesen Posts: 2,785 ✭✭✭✭✭

    maybe the chain is for around the waist/belly

  • topstuftopstuf Posts: 13,474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @davewesen said:
    maybe the chain is for around the waist/belly

    Would need more coins.

  • WillieBoyd2WillieBoyd2 Posts: 3,863 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Another gold coin holder, this one for British gold sovereigns:

    image

    :)

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  • fcfc Posts: 12,747 ✭✭✭

    @topstuf said:

    @davewesen said:
    maybe the chain is for around the waist/belly

    Would need more coins.

    Hm. There is a spot on the obverse. Pass

    :-/

  • JBKJBK Posts: 5,917 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @topstuf said:

    @davewesen said:
    maybe the chain is for around the waist/belly

    Would need more coins.

    I vote for fewer coins. >:) :*

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 19,992 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @topstuf said:

    @davewesen said:
    maybe the chain is for around the waist/belly

    Would need more coins.

    :)

  • thefinnthefinn Posts: 1,327 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a coin purse for British dold Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns, which were the most popular gold coins in the world at the time (Victorian/Edwardian eras).

    thefinn
  • sellitstoresellitstore Posts: 1,223 ✭✭✭✭

    @AUandAG said:
    Gold sovereigns?

    bob :)

    Maybe it was for the counterfeits?

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  • BJandTundraBJandTundra Posts: 201 ✭✭✭

    When I was much younger there was an american version (plastic of course) tubular in shape, that was used as a key chain. One side held nickles and the other side dimes. Carried with your car keys and you always had change for a parking meter with you.

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