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Has anyone here ever collected or even heard of "PRISON MONEY"??

1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

from the New Jersey Numismatic Journal: Vol. 8 No. 4 via the NNP

Successful transactions with : MICHAELDIXON, Manorcourtman, Bochiman, bolivarshagnasty, AUandAG, onlyroosies, chumley, Weiss, jdimmick, BAJJERFAN, gene1978, TJM965, Smittys, GRANDAM, JTHawaii, mainejoe, softparade, derryb

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  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 4,729 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have one or two pieces from the Tennessee State Prison somewhere. It's round like a real coin with a star shaped cutout in the middle with the value on it.

    Trade $'s
  • GaCoinGuyGaCoinGuy Posts: 2,684 ✭✭✭✭

    Neat story. I always thought it was all on paper, I guess.

    According to most prison movies, smokes were the currency of the realm.

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  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Not mine, but interesting

    Successful transactions with : MICHAELDIXON, Manorcourtman, Bochiman, bolivarshagnasty, AUandAG, onlyroosies, chumley, Weiss, jdimmick, BAJJERFAN, gene1978, TJM965, Smittys, GRANDAM, JTHawaii, mainejoe, softparade, derryb

    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

  • FrazFraz Posts: 1,581 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Here’s a neat one:

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,770 ✭✭✭✭✭


    WAUPUN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION

    Successful transactions with : MICHAELDIXON, Manorcourtman, Bochiman, bolivarshagnasty, AUandAG, onlyroosies, chumley, Weiss, jdimmick, BAJJERFAN, gene1978, TJM965, Smittys, GRANDAM, JTHawaii, mainejoe, softparade, derryb

    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

  • bsshog40bsshog40 Posts: 3,739 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have had this in my misc stuff box for at least 40 yrs. now. It has O.S.P. on the reverse for Okla St Prison.

  • Project NumismaticsProject Numismatics Posts: 1,284 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Perfect example of how to assemble a collection of truly rare and historically significant items on a budget.

  • tokenprotokenpro Posts: 845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Jerry Zara's 1992 catalog is still the best source outside of the digital world but there have been many new issues and discoveries since then. The good news is that there is a great on-line catalog on prison tokens that is free to download from the Newman Portal at this link: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/589917

    Many prison tokens are surprisingly common such as the plastic sets from North & South Carolina & Idaho and even those metal pieces from Sing Sing in Ossining NY & "The Tombs" in Manhattan. Some states used tokens, some used script only and some did a combination of both over time. Many of the newer issues are vending tokens rather than the work-earned tokens of the past -- the Waupun token above carries a very hopeful price as it is a hoard token. The catalog linked above should answer most questions but let me know of any others you may have.

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the info @tokenpro
    boston

    Successful transactions with : MICHAELDIXON, Manorcourtman, Bochiman, bolivarshagnasty, AUandAG, onlyroosies, chumley, Weiss, jdimmick, BAJJERFAN, gene1978, TJM965, Smittys, GRANDAM, JTHawaii, mainejoe, softparade, derryb

    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,205 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Project Numismatics said:
    Perfect example of how to assemble a collection of truly rare and historically significant items on a budget.

    How? By going to prison? ;)

    Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Seems a little extreme but I'll think about it. :p

  • COINS MAKE CENTSCOINS MAKE CENTS Posts: 1,786 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I know we have sold a ton of it over the years! Every show we set up at, we sell atleast a few pieces. So alot of folks must like it.

    New inventory added daily at Coins Make Cents
    HAPPY COLLECTING


  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,329 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i started with them (i was short some brains for starting that) :s

  • CaptHenwayCaptHenway Posts: 31,442 ✭✭✭✭✭

    There was a good article on the subject in the TAMS Journal some time in 1981.

    Numismatist. 50 year member ANA. Winner of four ANA Heath Literary Awards; three Wayte and Olga Raymond Literary Awards; Numismatist of the Year Award 2009, and Lifetime Achievement Award 2020. Winner numerous NLG Literary Awards.
  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thankyou @CaptHenway

    Successful transactions with : MICHAELDIXON, Manorcourtman, Bochiman, bolivarshagnasty, AUandAG, onlyroosies, chumley, Weiss, jdimmick, BAJJERFAN, gene1978, TJM965, Smittys, GRANDAM, JTHawaii, mainejoe, softparade, derryb

    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I believe I found the article, thanks again @CaptHenway
    Here is a link if anyone wants more info https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/525589?page=3


    Successful transactions with : MICHAELDIXON, Manorcourtman, Bochiman, bolivarshagnasty, AUandAG, onlyroosies, chumley, Weiss, jdimmick, BAJJERFAN, gene1978, TJM965, Smittys, GRANDAM, JTHawaii, mainejoe, softparade, derryb

    Bad transactions with : nobody to date

  • renomedphysrenomedphys Posts: 3,472 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I brought this 1809 to a show a while back and Steve Ellsworth asked me where I got my “prison cent”. He said they got that way from being used to bang on the bars.

  • CryptoCrypto Posts: 3,346 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I make it a point to put some money in Realone’s commissary while he is gone to November in forum prison

  • oih82w8oih82w8 Posts: 11,815 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 29, 2024 7:28PM

    I have one of these (fantasy stamped) Silver Certificates that was gifted to me years ago, I will have to see if I can find my "paper currency stash".

    https://www.coinbooks.org/v23/esylum_v23n45a11.html

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  • cladkingcladking Posts: 28,259 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I collect them but haven't been able to accumulate many. I do better with school lunch tokens. These are no more common but people snatch up the prison tokens.

    Tempus fugit.
  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 7,826 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Filed down to a sharp edge, those metal pieces could become a sharp weapon to cause some trouble. One could hone an edge by using the cement cell wall as a file to achieve this end.

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