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 Posted 07/25/2009  09:55 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add JayDon62 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I.m having trouble with these two. Thanks for any help!





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 Posted 07/25/2009  10:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They look like Israeli telephone tokens to me.
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 Posted 07/25/2009  10:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add JayDon62 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Now that makes some sense. I found them in my Father in Law's stuff after he passed away and he worked for Bell telephone/AT&T all his life. THANKS for the insight!
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 Posted 07/25/2009  1:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wetglaswegian to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It does make absolute sense...until we consider the apparantly arabic script and the John Deere tractor logo...whats that all about I wonder ?
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 Posted 07/25/2009  3:52 pm  Show Profile Check biokemist6's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add biokemist6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That isn't Arabic, it is Hebrew...
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 Posted 07/25/2009  4:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wetglaswegian to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Any idea what it says Biokemist?
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 Posted 07/25/2009  4:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sir Ferrari to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, these coins are in fact Israeli telephone tokens, and the language is indeed Hebrew. These types of tokens were used until the late 1980s, and are very common to find.
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I cannot read Hebrew, I can just recognize it but another thread addresses that subject. As for the symbol, that belongs to the Israel Postal Company.

This is the modern logo of Doar Israel. I am not quite sure of the postal service connection to payphones but the mail and phone service both fall under the Ministry of Communication so there may be some governmental connection.
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Interesting link , so there is Arabic on the token as id originally said , both Arabic and Hebrew.Cool wee token , thanks guys.
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 Posted 07/31/2009  10:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These tokens are also dated, using the Hebrew calendar; the date alphanumerals are on either side of the deer logo. As it turns out, both of these have the same date: Year 5741, equivalent to 1981 AD.

Despite being the same date, they're clearly different die varieties; the size and shape of the numerals on the "dial-side" and the size of the spacing between the two Hebrew words are distinctly different.

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...I am not quite sure of the postal service connection to payphones but the mail and phone service both fall under the Ministry of Communication so there may be some governmental connection...

In many countries, the government-owned telephone system was initially established and operated by the government-owned postal system, both telephone and post being government-subsidized forms of communication. In most such countries, the two systems have now been split, with the telephone systems now operated privately (and often owned by large multinational telcos) with the government maintaining control of the postal system.
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Israel phone tokens had many versions. In the 1950's they were brass and round with a whole. Twice the diameter of these. Later came these, on the front says telephone and on the back Dept of Communications. Later came one from Bezek, the local phone company. There are many different versions of these tokens. The basic count is about 15 types. Looking closely you can find 100+ types including mistakes...
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