Token spill

9 Oct

At lunch today, Maurice and I stopped at Riverside park for a bit of hunting. I only had about 20 minutes to hunt and I wanted to look for old coins.

I hit a spot that has produced some very old coins and relics. I was hoping for a repeat but I only got one signal that was interesting. Maurice was showing a bit of black on the old horse shoe (this means nothing to anyone not using a Deus metal detector) which meant the target was deep-ish. I went for it and this is what I found (Lincoln cent for size reference):


The token on the left is a Goetz telephone token used in the Chicago area only. These were made from 1907 to 1944 by a company named Yale Slot and Slug Company. The company was owned by a druggist named Harry Goetz and he made these tokens until they become illegal in 1944 (don’t know why they became illegal). The token reads “Y. S. & S Co. Y40” the other side reads: “USA Y40”. I believe the Y40 refers to the year 1940. There are 200 or so designs of this token and many of them have a year on them.

The token on the right is less interesting and I guess is from the same time period.  The other side of this token reads “Good for Amusement Only”.

No coins today but the tokens are kind of cool.

Thank you for looking!


4 Responses to “Token spill”

  1. lawdog1 October 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I’m amused and intrigued! I love relics! Congrats and thanks for sharing.

  2. pulltabMiner October 9, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I actually thought of you when I dug them up, since I thought they were old tokens at first, old as in turn of the century. I’ve pulled an 1890-something V from here and 1901 Barber dime as well as a very old medal so I was expecting older tokens.

  3. Ms. Kansas Digger November 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    If you found those at Riverside, the Amusement token could be from the old Wonderland Amusement Park. That area used to be an island – Ackerman Island. Wonderland Park had the largest roller coaster in the country at the time. The Incredible Scream Machine! The park was built in 1905 and closed in 1918.

    • pulltabMiner November 13, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      All is possible! I have found several interesting bits of history from that very same spot, including a Shriner medal from the 20’s and a shoe insert from the early 1900’s. I’ve also found Barbers and V nickels.

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