Attached is a picture of nine old clay discs, the type that might
have been used as counters in a poker game. They are blank except for
the writing on one of the sides of each one. They are dated either
1928 or 1929. I bought them in Texas, but there is also a Chicago
I was wondering if you knew anything about these or knew someone
who might know. I don’t know if they are authentic. If one could find
old discs like these, one could write anything on them that he wanted.
But they are written in pencil, and I am pretty sure that these are an
old style of disc.
I asked a few people who knew something about poker chips, and the
only thing that they could do was to verify that the clay chips were
in use in the late 1920s. No one had ever seen anything like these.
Any help would be appreciated.
In last week’s “Readers Ask,” a reader asked about Kennedy half
dollars with edges smoothed by continual usage in slot machines. We
seem to continue our gambling-related theme with this week’s column.
Mr. Schaetzle is correct in noting that the pieces in question are
probably clay chips used as counters or money substitutes for poker or
other card games, and appear to date back to 1928 and 1929.
Though these chips are old and the writing on the pieces gives
them a historical curiosity, most traditional coin collectors will
attach little numismatic value to them. More interest would likely
come from collectors of casino chips and game counters.
For more information on pieces like this or other gambling
exonumia, readers may find it beneficial to contact the Casino Chip
and Gaming Token Collectors Club Inc. at www.CCGTCC.com.
I have a colorized 1999 Connecticut State quarter dollar and the
colors are not in register. Are you interested in it?
Colorized State quarter dollars having their coloring not placed
correctly (or “not in register”), either by application of a decal or
painting by hand, is a rather common occurrence. Quality control was
not always a paramount concern of many of the companies that produced
and marketed these.
Because the “error” with the application of the color occurred
after its striking by the U.S. Mint, it would not be considered by
hobbyists to be an error coin in the normal sense. As such, it
possesses little to no premium.