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Mid-Century Gaming Token

Not sure if this is the right section, but can't find one on tokens. This one has given the internet at large a bit of trouble, so I don't expect and exact answers, but I'm trying to track down the story behind this token.

On the obverse is a lady liberty (similar to the portrait on a Coronet Large Cent coin) but the reverse has the seal and motto of the Order of the Garter (Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense) from Britain. It's clearly a private mint (possibly from the California Gold Rush Era) but any extra information would be great!


  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 3,659 ✭✭✭✭✭

    So the Google says the Latin slogan and 3 feather plume is the Prince of Wales crest. If the obv had a young Queen it would be a 1840-60 gaming counter. Someone used a Liberty obv with the PofW rev as a gaming counter. Peace Roy

  • Exactly, that's what's giving everyone trouble. The crest appears on TONS of coins, but normally you'd see Queen Elizabeth on the obverse, not a Liberty. The real question we're running into is whether or not this is a spiele token from Wales/Germany, or something minted in America...

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 3,659 ✭✭✭✭✭

    When you look at the overall htt and cwt die marriages. Die sinkers appeared to mix and match alot. And not accurate record keeping. IMO. Peace Roy

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