Amazing number of Chuck E. Cheese token varieties!
Here's the high level summary of Chuck E. Cheese tokens from https://www.showbizpizza.com/, but it has an extensive list of varieties. Check it out!
Here's the list of tokens from just 1995 to 2000.
Here's the overview:
Welcome to the SP.com Token Museum and Gallery!
Here you will find a listing of every Chuck E. Cheese and ShowBiz Pizza token known to exist. Over time we'll be adding images to each token in the listing. Have a token that's not in our list, or information to share? You can contact us using our Contact / Feedback page and let us know!
Metal Types (Most Commonly Used)
- Brass is the most widely used metal. From the earliest to the most modern tokens, most of them are made of brass. Most of the common CEC and ShowBiz tokens to be found are brass.
- Bronze was only used during the first few years of production on various Pizza Time Theatre Tokens. It is reddish in color, but not as red as copper. Bronze can cometimes be hard to distinguish from oxidized brass.
- Nickel was often used to plate other metals, and both nickel brass and nickel zinc tokens exist for several of the design types.
- Painted tokens (usually red or blue) were used during the early years of PTT and ShowBiz. The paint would eventually wear off and often times damage the coin mechs, so this process was not used for very long. It should be noted that painting was done at the store level with common spray paint. Therefore these tokens, although collectable, are not included in our listings.
- Copper was also used to plate other metals. At the mint, copper plated zinc tokens were produced and used as manager tokens. Many tokens were also privately plated in copper for an early Pizza Time Theatre promotion - these were plated in bulk and often poorly done.
- Anodised (or Anodized) tokens were made through out the years, and were also used as manager tokens. Most often times, anodised tokens are pink. ShowBiz experimented with a rainbow of colors however, and tokens can be found in a variety of colors and shades.
- Zinc was sometimes used, mostly underneath plating. However some tokens exist that are made entirely of zinc. They are usually quite scarce and can be determined by their dull luster and often bluish tint. Many tokens were also privately plated in zinc for an early Pizza Time Theatre promotion - these were plated in bulk and often poorly done.
- Chromate coated tokens are some of the latest token-types produced. They are coated in a black chromate enamel and also used as management tokens in certain markets.
Metal Sizes (Most Commonly Used)
The most common token size is the 25mm - it is roughly the size of a US quarter. The smallest size used is the 20mm - which is roughly the size of a US dime.
The mid sizes - 22mm, 22.5mm, and 23mm are often hard to distinguish from one another without the use of a token gauge. This is toughest to determine on the ShowBiz tokens, since there's no particular CEC design that exists in all 3 sizes. If you happen to have examples of all 3 mid-sized ShowBiz tokens they can be distinctly compared - they slightly fit within one another. See scan above.