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Help ID Copper/Brass Token, Five Pointed Star And "4" In The Middle

 
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 Posted 07/24/2021  4:12 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add SeatedDollar to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
My brother sent me this image of three tokens he inherited from his mother-in-law. We are both longtime coin "accumulators" but not experts. He described it as thus:

One side is blank, the other has a 4 inside the outline of a 5 pointed star. Slightly bigger than a Lincoln cent. All three are blank on one side. The rim is smooth as in no ridge like on a US coin. (mother-in-law).had no idea where she got them. Thickness is 1.70 mm, midway between the thickness of a cent and a nickel.

Location is USA

Any help is appreciated!


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 Posted 07/25/2021  9:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Could you get me a photo of only the 81 obverse? It looks fake to me.
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 Posted 07/25/2021  9:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SeatedDollar to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oops, I'm sorry. It's probably long been spent. It was just put there for comparison of size. My brother sent this image to me, we live in different parts of the country.

But... I have to ask, who would counterfeit one cent?

Do you have any ideas about what the other, one-sided tokens are?

The fact that they are thicker than a Lincoln cent planchet signifies to me that they are not simply cent blanks hammered a bit to be thinner and larger, but rather purposely made planchets.

Thank you!
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 Posted 07/26/2021  08:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the Community!

For what it is worth, I do not think that cent is fake, just looks a little rough.

As for the unidentified items, I have no idea, but hopefully someone will.
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 Posted 07/26/2021  3:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SeatedDollar to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I see. It's quite likely my brother found it on the pavement in a parking lot somewhere. People really don't pick up pennies anymore. Not worth it.
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 Posted 07/26/2021  4:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks rather cast to me.
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 Posted 07/26/2021  5:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SeatedDollar to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, beat up is all.

I'm trying to gently steer the conversation back to the as of yet unidentified ONE-sided TOKENS with a five pointed star and a mysterious "4" in the middle.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this before?

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 Posted 07/26/2021  10:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just guessing, but I would assume the tokens are some kind of game counter, for a board game or similar.
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 Posted 07/26/2021  10:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SeatedDollar to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you. That's kind of what I was thinking.

I'm getting the idea that they are not of any numismatic value.

Is that a fair conclusion?

Thank you everyone!

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 Posted 07/26/2021  10:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HappyHippo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Could be anything. Wonder if it was a golf marker?
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 Posted 08/05/2021  11:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Pauley to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like a Army Medallion to me As I always Say I could be wrong. Just my opinion.
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