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 Posted 12/16/2021  12:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nautilator to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's pretty useful to know about copper selenide. I didn't know that. It looks like that explains things like blackened steel. For example, there's a German medal 'I gave gold for iron' that is a WWI medal that's blackened iron. That's probably how they made it...



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Have to remember to stop by every so often. I'm finding that no matter how hard I try, the finish line never pops up.


This is a trade token made out of a celluloid matchsafe and likely dates to the 1910s. Hal Dunn, in his book on trade mirrors, noted that he know of exactly one of these, but this is at least the second one.




This too is the second of its kind that anybody's reported. It's a trade nail file. Only background I know is that some company was issuing this exact sort of nail file as an advertising promotion (with your company's name stamped in it) so apparently somebody thought it'd make for a nice trade token.



This unassuming plastic banana is a 75 cent trade token issued by the Seaside Beach Resort in Jamaica. They issued these because carrying money on the beach was inconvenient. They can be snapped together to form bracelets or similar to make them less tedious to carry around.



The metal tags on this puzzle are considered two different tokens by Rulau. He noted that there are only two known full puzzles out there, but no less than 15 have been sold on ebay over the past decade.




Paper tokens trimmed with metal are far more common than the above but somewhat scarce. This is probably my favorite of them.




These are two of the harder to find British bone tokens, especially outside of England.
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