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Bajazzo Token, Germany

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 Posted 10/10/2011  01:34 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Ingine to your friends list Get a Link to this Message


This is a bajazzo token from Germany I found in my late father in law's coin collection. Does anyone have any more information on this token? Thanks.


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 Posted 10/10/2011  02:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sander to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't have any information on this token.. But it doesn't look German at all.. I really can't imagine that they use English on tokens.. I guess it's from the UK..
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 Posted 10/10/2011  04:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ingine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Sander the only information I was able to find on Bajazzo tokens was on this webpage http://www.jetons-monnaie.net/a/ajeton108.html , which clearly says Germany at the beginning of 1900. I'm not entirely sure what it all means!
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 Posted 10/10/2011  04:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Peter THOMAS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Google: "The Bajazzo is a small, privately run hotel located in a quiet street in the historic center of Vienna."

But, I agree with Sander, everything other than the word "Bajazzo" appears to be British.


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 Posted 10/10/2011  04:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ingine to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fair enough guys, thanks. I will do some more research on this one. Great input, thank you.
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 Posted 10/10/2011  06:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The denomination on this piece, "4D" is British; the D is shorthand for the predecimal pence - so it could have been used in Britain itself, or in any one of the British colonies or dominions that also used pence.

I just asked one of the token experts in my coin club about it. He said it's a fairly common "amusement machine" token, made overseas (apparently in Germany, if the websites are correct) but used extensively here in Australia, in "trade stimulators" and similar devices during the period such machines were legal here (roughly 1920-1950). The website you linked to shows a "Bajazzo" trade stimulator machine the tokens were originally made for, though whether it was exactly such a machine it would have been used on here in Australia, or something completely different, is impossible to tell now. This website shows another such machine, which the website author had refurbished and restored.

Bajazzo was a "game of skill", rather than a "game of luck". The aim seems to have been to use the little control dial at the bottom of the box to move the clown back and forth, catching the tokens as they fell and dropping them down the prize chute.

The stamped number "1210" on the token would have been used by the token manufacturer to identify the token's physical properties if replacements were required.
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