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Title: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Prosit on May 01, 2011, 11:52:12 PM
Don't know anything about this (that is normal) but it seems to me to have a high value for a token.
Eleven sides, brass, around 29mm and the same design is on each side.
I have another much more grungy example with a value of 13.97

Dale
Title: Re: High value
Post by: africancoins on May 02, 2011, 12:06:30 AM
This is "Reader's Digest"...

Perhaps to mean that they will give a discount to the person the piece was sent to... when the next order is received. This might just be the only "denomination" for the British pieces - I think I have one.

I have a French equivalent - Aluminium, multi-sided, VALEUR 849F PIECE MERCI - along with the same logo.

I also have a few other reader's digest pieces (likely British).

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: High value
Post by: andyg on May 02, 2011, 12:08:16 AM
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Title: Re: High value
Post by: Prosit on May 02, 2011, 12:12:38 AM
The 13.97 example
Dale
Title: Re: High value
Post by: africancoins on May 02, 2011, 12:34:53 AM
No other values are known to me.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: High value
Post by: andyg on May 02, 2011, 12:37:26 AM
If it's any interest Paul I remember being given a newly issued one, about 1992.
Title: Re: High value
Post by: africancoins on May 02, 2011, 12:40:45 AM
So would you have had to send it back to get your money as stated on the token ?

I may have seen one or two of the other types when newly received - but unlikely any included a "value".

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: High value
Post by: andyg on May 02, 2011, 12:50:09 AM
This might just be the only "denomination" for the British pieces - I think I have one.

There is a £12.97 value token as well.
I've an idea that you could exchange this token for a book (whatever the promotional book was at the time) - hence the odd value. Memory plays funny tricks though.  Others had a 'magic number' - if you could match your number to the number printed you won a prize - of course most of the tokens had the same number, these date from around the same time.  Search on-line for Readers Digest and it soon becomes clear what sort of marketing they use, sending books on approval etc.  They were still chasing my Grandad for money several years after he died.
Title: Re: High value
Post by: africancoins on May 02, 2011, 12:54:07 AM
12.97, 13.97 and 14.97

Any others in Pounds.... maybe not....

So why "97".... could this have been to let you get 3 books each priced at a number of whole pounds plus 99 pence each ?

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: High value
Post by: Prosit on May 02, 2011, 01:00:58 AM
I remember those RD book and bought several.  Usually a grouping of short stories which eventually led me to abandon them. (I like stories with more length to them). I do not remember getting any book tokens here in the US.  However I do remember getting smaller tokens for something.  I never kept any but think in this group of tokens I have in the corner there are several RD tokens....will look sometime.

Dale
Title: Re: High value
Post by: Prosit on May 02, 2011, 01:03:31 AM
I am pretty sure I saw one in the bulk lot I got but I didn't set it aside.  Next time I go through the lot I will do so.
Dale

......VALEUR 849F PIECE MERCI - along with the same logo.

.....Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: High value
Post by: andyg on May 02, 2011, 01:04:45 AM
Quote

So why "97".... could this have been to let you get 3 books each priced at a number of whole pounds plus 99 pence each ?


Don't think so - I think the promotional book that you could get free (if you sent the token back) was priced at £14.97 were you to buy one without using the token.  I can't remember which value was on the one I had, but (and this is purely speculation) I could imagine that one year the promotional book was £12.97, then the following year £13.97 maybe.

£14.97 seems a bit much nowadays, but this was in the days of the net book agreement.  
Title: Re: High value
Post by: andyg on May 02, 2011, 01:08:58 AM
I remember those RD book and bought several.  Usually a grouping of short stories which eventually led me to abandon them. (I like stories with more length to them).

Yes, readers digest condensed books.  I remember reading 'Jaws' when I was younger in this format.
I don't think these were the books you could 'buy' with the tokens though.  I do know if you ever replied to their mailings you were sent half a library 'on approval' before you could get them to stop....
Title: Re: High value
Post by: Prosit on May 02, 2011, 01:11:48 AM
Columbia House was another (in the US) you never wanted to suscribe to.  12 Tapes/etc for 1c and buy 5 or more at normal price during the next year.  I got sideways with them once and had to deal with them for about 3 years.  PIA

Dale



Yes, readers digest condensed books.  I remember reading 'Jaws' when I was younger in this format.
I don't think these were the books you could 'buy' with the tokens though.  I do know if you ever replied to their mailings you were sent half a library 'on approval' before you could get them to stop....
Title: Re: High value
Post by: africancoins on May 02, 2011, 10:50:17 PM
A little clarification...

So why "97".... could this have been to let you get 3 books each priced at a number of whole pounds plus 99 pence each ? ..... not necessarily the same number of pounds plus 99p each...

So e.g. 3.99 plus 4.99 plus 4.99 would be 13.97

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: High value
Post by: FosseWay on May 03, 2011, 11:36:37 PM
I have the £13.97 and £14.97 variants. I hadn't heard of the £12.97 before reading the above.

On the French equivalent mentioned above, it's worth noting that 849 Fr is a heck of a lot more money than ~£15. I'm surprised the RD or similar organisation would be giving away goods to the value of around £85 sterling (at the prevailing rate between the late 80s and the introduction of the euro).
Title: Re: High value
Post by: malj1 on May 03, 2011, 11:53:53 PM
Perhaps 'VALEUR 849F PIECE MERCI' is a misreading for the more likely 8.49F.
Title: Re: High value
Post by: FosseWay on May 03, 2011, 11:59:45 PM
Actually, thinking about it, there's no reason it can't be Belgian, is there? When I were a lad, there were about 70 BFr to the pound, compared to 10 French.
Title: Re: High value
Post by: africancoins on May 04, 2011, 12:45:18 AM
The French language piece I have mentioned in this topic is definitely "849 F".

So Belgian Francs seems to be a very good explanation for this value.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: High value
Post by: Prosit on May 04, 2011, 02:06:37 AM
Same size as the others but made of Aluminum.
Dale
Title: Re: High value
Post by: chrisild on May 04, 2011, 02:20:18 AM
Maybe it is actually French but from before 1960? That would be 849 old francs then ...

Christian
Title: Re: High value
Post by: Figleaf on May 04, 2011, 02:25:18 AM
Possible, but not so likely. The value would become too low (somewhere beween £ 1 and 2) in comparison with the pound pieces.

Peter
Title: Re: High value
Post by: Prosit on May 04, 2011, 03:25:59 AM
A few others without a value.
Dale
Title: Re: High value
Post by: andyg on May 04, 2011, 08:22:56 PM
The 04254, RD PD 65 and 1-06311 are English I think.
One of these is likely the piece which you had to match the number with the number printed to win a prize.

Title: Re: High value
Post by: FosseWay on May 04, 2011, 11:14:29 PM
The 04254, RD PD 65 and 1-06311 are English I think.
One of these is likely the piece which you had to match the number with the number printed to win a prize.

I suspect all the ones with LIMITED as part of the company's name are British (or Irish), as AFAIK this description is not used in the US (where Inc. is preferred) or Australia/NZ (where Pty. is used). Not sure about Canadian usage though.
Title: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 07:42:19 PM
I found my bag and now I shall post them all.  I have lots of duplicates on most.
Thank You to those for encouraging this serious academic research  ;D

7/8 inch diameter
Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 07:47:30 PM
Don't worry I have only 10 unique tokens ;)  Each are medal aligned some moreso than others.

This one seems to have gone metric 24mm
Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 07:51:11 PM
29mm
Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 07:53:07 PM
1 3/16 inches

Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 07:54:24 PM
1 3/16 inches

Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 07:58:01 PM
23mm

This is actually brass coloured

Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 07:59:29 PM
28mm

Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 08:00:44 PM
31mm

Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 08:01:56 PM
31mm

Actually brass coloured??


Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 08:03:10 PM
31mm

Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 08:06:02 PM
My mother used to get the RD and I used to do the Word Power section. 8)  And I picked up a lot at boots in tins of coins.
And all measurements are ish as I've had a couple of glasses.....
                                                                                      .
Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 21, 2011, 08:33:44 PM
31mm

Actually brass coloured??

That's one of my unidentified pieces. Both sides are the same. Are you sure it's RD? There's nothing on it that says so...

Congratulations on the glasses. Hope they were as good as mine >:D This forum is what you make of it. Too bad for science. You should look at Dale's Austrian new year tokens. You can't find such a collection of interesting stuff everybody neglects anywhere on the net. You add anything (almost) numismatic that strikes your fancy and there'll be someone here who likes it.

Peter
Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 08:45:53 PM
Well, it's in my RD bag ;D  But the honest answer is, goodness knows!

I'm on the Blaissac 2010, quaffable but not what I need.  Which is a full bodied St Emilion!!
Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: andyg on August 21, 2011, 08:46:06 PM
Nice collection!

Some more we discussed here,
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9704.0.html (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9704.0.html)

Would you mind if we merged the topics?
Title: Re: Reader's Digest tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 08:52:59 PM
Merge on I'm new to this  ;)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: andyg on August 21, 2011, 08:58:32 PM
Done.
I'm always worried I'll loose the lot in the process.... :)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 21, 2011, 09:28:25 PM
Nice one and I want one of those with a massive amount of Francs!  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 21, 2011, 10:03:42 PM
Your Blaissac (must be a new appelation, I had to look it up) beats my Cilaos (hint: it's a dessert wine), but not when it's 2010. My advice: don't drink young Médoc. If it had aged at least 5 years you would have been asleep and boasting a wicked smile now. :)

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 22, 2011, 01:00:11 AM
Most of those posted here are the Pegasus types here is one of the eagle and sprig.

(http://web.archive.org/web/20151111095752/http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/1166/rd1y.jpg)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 22, 2011, 06:10:35 AM
Please correct me if I'm wrong but the prize draw coins were returned to RD for a chance to win the prize, hence I don't have any  :'(
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 22, 2011, 06:28:09 AM
You don't return anything to RD unless you want to be bombarded with spam [snail] mail!

'Chance to win' is a sprat to catch a mackerel; you are most unlikely to win anything other than more offers designed to part you from your money.

Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 22, 2011, 06:38:40 AM
I'm talking 30 years ago when both my mother and I believed we may win  ;D
Besides we bought most of their books ::)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 22, 2011, 09:37:24 AM
Here, they issued paper "lottery tickets". The Dutch consumer organisation published a list of (less than ten) numbers and asked people to come forward if they had received another number or won a prize. No one had, of course. That stopped them in their tracks. I think they even folded their tents and left.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 30, 2011, 01:40:43 PM
Here, they issued paper "lottery tickets". The Dutch consumer organisation published a list of (less than ten) numbers and asked people to come forward if they had received another number or won a prize. No one had, of course. That stopped them in their tracks. I think they even folded their tents and left.

Peter

Talking of numbers I find I have that same number 1-06311 as shown on the tokens in replies 22 and 25 ! ...Yet another scam?
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 30, 2011, 01:52:50 PM
Probably. RD was definitely in the "pressure sales-heads I win-tails you lose" camp.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Marcisharki on October 11, 2011, 07:08:45 AM
Hello,

I found this token in South Africa.

Aluminium,  34,2 mm. It is even mentioned in Hern`s Handbook on South African Tokens 2009
under 1220b, page 218 !

Best wishes ;)

Marc
Title: Re: High value
Post by: translateltd on October 17, 2011, 11:24:25 AM
I suspect all the ones with LIMITED as part of the company's name are British (or Irish), as AFAIK this description is not used in the US (where Inc. is preferred) or Australia/NZ (where Pty. is used). Not sure about Canadian usage though.

Pty isn't used in NZ - I think it's uniquely Australian.

There are also the "1752 ducats" with the TU DOMINE SPES MEA legends that appear to be gilt aluminium (or other brassy coating on a lightweight substrate) that turn up regularly, which are also attributed to RD, though there is nothing on them that makes the link obvious.

Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on October 17, 2011, 12:19:51 PM
Talking of numbers I find I have that same number 1-06311 as shown on the tokens in replies 22 and 25 ! ...Yet another scam?

I have two gold-coloured ones with those same numbers as well, but also a silver-coloured one with different numbers and some letters added below the main design. Both sides are the same.

Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on February 13, 2012, 05:58:07 PM
Plastic 280 Francs, France I think.  Same both sides  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on February 14, 2012, 01:17:11 PM
280 French francs was a fair bit of money -- around £28 or €43 in 2002. Could it be Belgian? (Can't remember the exchange rate for the Belgian franc offhand but I think it was 60 or 70 to the pound.)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: chrisild on February 14, 2012, 01:48:58 PM
Sounds good. :) Just checked; €1 is roughly 40 Belgian francs, so the amount on this token would be about €7 ...

Christian
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on February 15, 2012, 03:55:51 PM
I think most of these were lottery tokens and the amounts were prizes. Of course, the lottery numbers were all the same. You don't want anyone to actually win sich a prize now, do you?

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on February 15, 2012, 04:00:48 PM
No, I'm going to disagree with everyone.  i believe it to be French Francs and was returned for that discount value on books ordered.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on March 08, 2012, 09:50:43 AM
3.17g
35mm
Consimilar
Medal aligned
Metal - no idea ::)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on May 15, 2012, 03:55:04 AM
Another of the Pegasus type, the picture tells me its Readers Digest. Image from eBay.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: chrisild on May 15, 2012, 11:09:57 AM
Another of the Pegasus type, the picture tells me its Readers Digest.

So does the text "Verlag Das Beste". ;) See here (http://www.readersdigest.de/unternehmen).

Christian
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on June 29, 2012, 06:38:34 PM
Got two more today  ;D

A coat of arms, now that's class :-\
The text below it reads 'Prize Draw Department'

Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on June 30, 2012, 12:36:12 AM
Here is another - I am unsure what colour your piece is. Cu-Ni or S/S, 28mm
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on June 30, 2012, 06:53:01 AM
Top piece is brass.
Scalloped piece is aluminium with plenty of oxidation. No, probably CU-Ni, having looked again at yours again.
I've just got up ::)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on June 30, 2012, 11:57:05 AM
I have the lower piece somewhere, but my desk ate it. I seem to remember a nickeled suface, presumably on some base metal. If the base meta is brass, that would explain the two "varieties", unless they are of a very different weight.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on June 30, 2012, 12:30:54 PM
7.75g and I think cu-ni now I've woken ;)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on June 30, 2012, 12:53:54 PM
Got at the boots today  ;D
3.27g
35mm
Consimilar
Medal aligned ish
Metal - Aluminium
The same as on the previous page but different colour/weight
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on June 30, 2012, 01:17:32 PM
Nice, could be French Liberty or US  :)

7.75g and I think cu-ni now I've woken ;)

My piece above is 8.1g - non-magnetic steel with a nickel plating - I just peeled a tiny bit of plating off the edge.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: chrisild on June 30, 2012, 05:29:59 PM
Originally French but located in the US. That particular style, with the torch and that law tablet, is unique, I think. (Except for the copies of that very statue. ;) )

Christian
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on April 10, 2013, 03:20:04 AM
Probably. RD was definitely in the "pressure sales-heads I win-tails you lose" camp.

Peter

They are still at it! This was received in my mail this morning. I can't feel any tokens inside so I shall place it in the WPB and I shall then save more than $25.  ::)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 05, 2013, 06:34:03 PM
Our friends on the French forum are very fond of these pieces.
http://www.numismatique.com/forum/bibliotheque/domine-spes-mea-1752-franc-valeur-identification-t55652.html

I got VERY excited over this because I found out there was a 'no date' variety!!
And why don't we have one here.  I don't know, but now solved!! Not one but TWO ;D

Anyone else know of any other varietals.  No wild goose chases please, I haven't recovered from the button yet. 
Unfortunately, I only have 62 of these pieces.  Of these, 3 are the 'no date' type, two of which have original glue.  8)

2.40g (Note the gilt coming off, that would never happen to an RD employee) 20.21mm 1.34mm
(no date) 2.45g  20.12mm 1.12mm

Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 05, 2013, 10:10:40 PM
WITH ORIGINAL GLUE? Wow. That's just too rare. Smash all records on eBay and make sure to say you found it in an old box that belonged to your grandfather ;)

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 05, 2013, 11:00:03 PM
Oh yes!  ;D

And funny you should say that because I met someone in a pub once who knew someone who was related to a cleaner that worked in the RD main office who said that he knew someone in the marketing department who's secretary said that he was responsible for this campaign and that due to the negative publicity they glued on some real ducats just to confuse the issue. 

And no I have never sniffed glue :P
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 05, 2013, 11:56:42 PM
We do get mention of 'found in a box of belongings from my Danish Grandmother's house'  here. (http://coinquest.com/cgi-bin/cq/coins?main_coin=9495)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 06, 2013, 12:35:48 PM
I'm pretty sure these are RD too.  No proof as yet............
Well, one of them has some nice glue on the back  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 06, 2013, 02:51:47 PM
We have discussed these before, can't find the thread at the moment, but I think someone remembered one as being attached to a RD letter. I have a couple similar but no stalk. From memory in Stainless steel. + glue!

Lucky 7 also thought to be RD; needs confirmation here.  ::)

Both same both sides.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 06, 2013, 04:07:08 PM
Here it is http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,20170
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Prosit on August 06, 2013, 08:46:18 PM
I think the one on the right is shown here.
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9716.0.html (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9716.0.html)

Dale


I'm pretty sure these are RD too.  No proof as yet............ Well, one of them has some nice glue on the back  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 06, 2013, 08:58:17 PM
Sadly not
See glue below  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 06, 2013, 11:25:05 PM
So yours is the Dutch good luck token (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9716.msg65087.html#msg65087) ... While my piece is the RD one, here. (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,20170.msg136977.html#msg136977) along with the Lucky 7 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,20170.msg136871.html#msg136871)

I removed the glue from my piece quite easily, it is a rubbery type that rolls off using your finger; although if it is from a machine at the Stedelijk Museum, why has it got glue on it?
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Prosit on August 07, 2013, 10:07:28 PM
I don't know but I remember when I was very young, gluing coins to poster boards so I could hang them up in my room. I have examined some souvinir Boards with glued coins from Vetrans. Many ways to get glue on them I bet.
Dale

I removed the glue from my piece quite easily, it is a rubbery type that rolls off using your finger; although if it is from a machine at the Stedelijk Museum, why has it got glue on it?
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: andyg on August 07, 2013, 11:20:43 PM

I removed the glue from my piece quite easily, it is a rubbery type that rolls off using your finger; although if it is from a machine at the Stedelijk Museum, why has it got glue on it?

Upthread is a silver clover leaf lucky token - which I am not sure where it came from,  Mal's and Redwines brass clover leaf token I'm reasonably sure were given out (in the UK at least) by the readers digest.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on August 27, 2013, 07:49:47 PM
Have just acquired a replica MTT (not a "genuine" full-size silver replica such as have been struck on and off since 1780 but a smaller brass jobbie - 32,7 mm and a suspiciously precise 10,00 g). Apart from size, weight and composition it is a reasonable imitation. It has the same general feel as the Tu Domine Spes Mea tokens which we now have definitively traced to the Readers' Digest.

Did the RD ever make MTTs? ISTR having read somewhere that they did, but can't now find where.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 27, 2013, 08:00:25 PM
Had a similar one a long time ago. Brass, too small, not the 1780 type but a younger head. It had an eye (one part with the medal), so I decided it was meant to be silvered and used as fake jewellery. It had some black spots on it and decided it was silver oxide. ;)

Does yours have (traces of) an eye?

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 27, 2013, 08:46:53 PM
Piccy please  ;)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 27, 2013, 08:47:52 PM
Gave it away a long time ago. Biological memory only, but the long term kind that keeps working.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 27, 2013, 08:50:39 PM
I was talking to Fosse.
And please don't take that the wrong way ;)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on August 27, 2013, 10:16:18 PM
I'm sorting through a batch of tokens I just received and haven't scanned them all yet. Will post when I have. :-)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 28, 2013, 12:40:13 AM
Just a couple of days ago I posted  this (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,22934.msg154272.html#msg154272); see lower down in the image for the MTT coin imitation. I doubt any RD involvement here.

I speculate that this is in fact a Decorative sequin as described by Rogers in Toy Coins.

I quote...
Section 797 Decorative Sequins and bead accessories.
There are many thin brass copies of coins of Turkish style. Most of these are less than 0.3 mm thick and about 10 to 20 mm in diameter. These often copy the Venetian gold coin the zecchino, which was extensively copied and the name has been corrupted in English to sequin. It was the custom, in many parts of the near and middle east, for brides to wear their dowry as gold coins and these brass sequins were cheap replacements. There are almost as many without a suspension hole provided as those which have. As a result there are many that have been crudely pieced to enable them to be sewn on to the clothes. No detailed study has been made of the range of types, though some are closer to coinage types of the area than others. There are also a few tokens that can be confused with the better types.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=22934.0;attach=37687;image)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: bagerap on August 28, 2013, 02:32:54 AM
I believe this to be the RD version as whenever there's a dubious job lot on ebay, one of these will always be sticking out of the pile. Suspension loop accidentally hidden. There must be thousands of these out there.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 28, 2013, 03:15:57 AM
Yes that could well be the one from Readers Digest. Sadly many of this type of pendant have the suspension loop removed to make these more coin-like to sell to collectors.

Another Maria Theresia type is shown below. This is a tiny 12mm version.

Section 796 which is mentioned there refers to pendant style souvenirs but does not include these RD types, the book was published in 1990; many of these 'things' have surfaced since that time.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on August 28, 2013, 06:56:05 PM
Just a couple of days ago I posted  this (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,22934.msg154272.html#msg154272); see lower down in the image for the MTT coin imitation. I doubt any RD involvement here.

I speculate that this is in fact a Decorative sequin as described by Rogers in Toy Coins.


Ah yes, *that's* what I remember reading. Not RD at all. Evidently too much sun.

Thank you for clearing that up!
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: bagerap on August 28, 2013, 11:03:21 PM
This one has no suspension loop but seems to bear the RD look
35mm.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: bagerap on August 28, 2013, 11:04:49 PM
And these seem to be of the same genre. The largest is 41mm.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 29, 2013, 09:48:33 AM
If they are in fact from Readers Digest it does bother me that they don't take the opportunity to display their name or logo as they do on most of their other RD tokens. I notice two of those shown have the N's reversed.

I did find a Chinese web site advertising 'Wholesale Replica Coin from China' after looking at ten pages of replicas without finding Portuguese coins I gave up although many other coins are there very cheap.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: bagerap on August 29, 2013, 10:17:26 AM
As pretty as these look in the scan, they are in fact very cheap & nasty; although with some weight. If not RD, then I suspect a similar type of origin. Gas station perhaps?
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on August 29, 2013, 10:48:02 AM
No ad, so no petrol station. In fact, the designs are quite good. They even caught the retrogade Ns one sees so often on Portuguese coins of this period. Souvenirs of a visit to a museum would be my guess.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 29, 2013, 01:36:25 PM
I have found some information confirming issue of a similar item by Readers Digest.

This extract is from the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' April 1996.

1752 AUSTRIAN DUCAT

FUNNY MONEY.

'Some time ago a correspondent to the 'Australian Coin Review' (now incorporated into the 'Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine') mentioned having found, what appeared to be, an unlisted Austrian Ducat dated 1752 bearing the legend 'FRANC. D.G. R.I.S. A. GER. IER. REX.' with the portrait of Francis of Lorraine on the obverse and the legend 'TU DOMINE SPES MEA' on the reverse. It was very similar but 'not quite right' in comparison to others of that time period.

The 'coin' was in fact manufactured and distributed on behalf of the 'READERS DIGEST' organisation some 12 years ago as a promotional gimmick, and samples regularly turn up on market stalls in both 'gold' and 'silver' finishes.

These 'coins' usually have a dark chemical reaction spot in the centre where they had been attached with an adhesive glue to a 'Reader's Digest' give-away sheet.' - April 1996.
 Source. (http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/April2002.htm)

I also found one as described above for sale on US eBay, including the dark chemical reaction spot on the kings cheek; this too was stated to be from Readers Digest.

Image attached.

Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 29, 2013, 06:27:35 PM
I have no recollection of the MTT or PPP (Pseudo Portuguese Piece) being RDs. 
There again I thought a button was a coin ........ :-[
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on September 05, 2013, 08:32:23 AM
I wonder! another that seems to bear that RD look! although, if so, why don't they say?  ???

555 fr. rev. Y632; Brass, 25mm X 1mm thick. 4g.



Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on September 05, 2013, 09:08:07 PM
Finally got round to scanning and posting the imitation MTT I mentioned on the previous page. As it's fairly clear it's not a RD piece, I've posted it elsewhere - see http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,22934.15.html
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 06, 2013, 08:16:59 PM
Back to hardcore RD or is it?
Aluminium
Consimilar
Medal aligned
1.84g
28mm ish

I give you 30 thousand francs in cash, oh yes 8)
Please don't tell me the French understand the word Cash!!
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 09, 2013, 06:39:48 PM
I've just received another 52 'ducats' - none of which are undated :'(

I'm on a roll - I've emailed them  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on September 10, 2013, 12:09:38 AM
You should get several replies, .....weekly until the end of your life.  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 10, 2013, 06:08:13 AM
You should get several replies, .....weekly until the end of your life.  ;D

LOL !  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 10, 2013, 10:32:55 AM
They've replied most unhelpfully  >:( :P
Not a jot of info available :'(
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: bagerap on September 10, 2013, 11:06:56 AM
But at least it's a good result from their POV. Another email address has been gathered, yours!
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 10, 2013, 11:08:35 AM
LOL!  ;D I haven't finished with them yet!! >:D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: andyg on September 10, 2013, 11:28:05 AM
They've replied most unhelpfully  >:( :P
Not a jot of info available :'(

how many books did you sign yourself up for?  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 10, 2013, 11:41:14 AM
I was actually a fan of their books, I've still got half a dozen of them.
My mother spent a fortune with them and now it's payback time!! >:D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on September 10, 2013, 07:41:17 PM
You should get several replies, .....weekly until the end of your life.  ;D

Oh no, they go on well beyond that - at least that was my grandmother's experience in respect of my grandfather's account with them. "This customer is dead" appears not to be a valid reason for removing him from the mailing list. ::)
Title: Re: High value
Post by: andyg on September 10, 2013, 08:01:25 PM
You had that problem too ?  >:(
Way back (post 7) I wrote this;

They were still chasing my Grandad for money several years after he died.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 18, 2013, 01:25:59 PM
Anyone recognise this piece?
http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=121175277021

Still no reply to my email.......
They're now officially off my Xmas card list.
I shall have to consider other means.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on September 18, 2013, 01:51:32 PM
Looks to be identical to that in Reply #97. (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9704.msg154665.html#msg154665)

Another seller on eBay that we discussed offline has all these other similar up at present. Last piece is silver ...colour? See a little something under the bust on two?
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 18, 2013, 02:01:21 PM
Yes, I think I have a few silver pieces. The gilt has come off on some but others I think probably were made that way.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 20, 2013, 08:38:08 PM
I PM'd the seller well before the end of the sale - ignored again!  It sold for 10,50 - Seller mussena
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on September 20, 2013, 11:23:27 PM
He does say 'Monnaie ????, Merci de bien vouloir enchérir uniquement si vous souhaitez l'acheter.' ...15 desperate bidders didn't heed!
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 21, 2013, 10:35:24 AM
Fair enough.  But, in my mind if an honest seller becomes aware what exactly they are selling, they should either publish this at the bottom of their ad (as an answer to a question) or edit the ad or withdraw the ad.  If they don't I will treat them with the disdain they deserve >:D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on September 22, 2013, 01:52:04 PM
I agree. In my mind, "Monnaie????" means either "coin or token or medal or counter" or "unidentified coin". It does not "mean replica or genuine".

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 22, 2013, 02:00:24 PM
Italy got the treatment too!
Ebay's good for piccies  8) Sometimes ::)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on September 23, 2013, 04:12:33 AM
Another of these 1752 TU DOMINE SPES MEA FRANC. is on eBay. I advised the seller and his reply... 'oh ok' ...but nothing has changed as yet.  ::)

 Here. (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1752-TU-DOMINE-SPES-MEA-FRANC-D-G-R-I-S-A-GER-IER-REX-RARE-Very-Collectable-/200964322931?ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:AU:1123)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 25, 2013, 06:38:07 PM
You've done what you can do and I salute you with,
another RD token  ;D

22mm
4.56g
Medal aligned
Consimilar
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on October 22, 2013, 02:10:34 PM
Apparently there are two other variants for the infamous ducat see here (http://www.jezuss.nl/re/readers-digest.htm)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on October 22, 2013, 02:29:32 PM
I watched one being sold yesterday, I had told the seller it was a reproduction and he replied that someone else had advised him too but he ignored us both and sold it for $15.

From your link I see they also come in: Brass plated Iron; Brass; Nickel plated Iron.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on October 22, 2013, 07:15:45 PM
'What can I say' to quote Boz Scaggs  8)
I've given up advising dodgy sellers  >:(
But, good of you to try!   ;)

And now having looked through my 117 'ducat' pieces (they must be worth a fortune on ebay), I can see that more work is needed.....................

With date, without dots   101
With date, with dots   11
Without date, with dots   4
Without date, without dots   1

Perhaps a WOD,WOD was being advertised on ebay?

I think there are a few more variations,  metal and finish wise.  I shall post the possible variants when I get some computer time.  >:(
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on October 24, 2013, 04:00:57 PM
Austrian Ducat Imitation Type 1: Readers Digest   T1RD
Magnetic
Medal aligned
Weight: 2.47g
Diameter: 20mm
Reverse: No date and no dots

Obverse: FRANC.D.G.R.I.S. A.GER.IER.REX.
Reverse: TU DOMINE SPES MEA / C A (at bottom of coat of arms)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on October 24, 2013, 04:02:34 PM
Austrian Ducat Imitation Type 2: Readers Digest  T2RD
Magnetic
Coin aligned
Weight: 2.5g
Diameter: 20mm
Reverse: No date but has dots

Obverse: FRANC.D.G.R.I.S. A.GER.IER.REX. / ?? (at base of bust)
Reverse: TU DOMINE ?? SPES MEA .   . / C A (at bottom of coat of arms)


Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on October 24, 2013, 04:06:51 PM
Type 3 & 4, it all gets a bit tricky.
I had a quick look through the type 3's (With date, with dots) and I have 3 definite variants in the 11 I have.
As for type 4 (With date, without dots), the only thing I know for sure is, all 100 are not magnetic.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on October 25, 2013, 07:28:34 PM
Type 4's  ;D

Austrian Ducat Imitation Type 4: Readers Digest  T4RD
Non Magnetic
Medal aligned
Weight: 2.34g (sample size 20)
Diameter: 20mm
Reverse: Date with no dots

Obverse: FRANC.D.G.R.I.S. A.GER.IER.REX.
Reverse: TU•DOMINE•SPES MEA 1752 / C A (at bottom of coat of arms)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on October 25, 2013, 11:17:56 PM
I must remember this link for the next person who advertises a rare Austrian Ducat.  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on October 26, 2013, 06:35:32 AM
Austrian Ducat Imitation Type 3: Readers Digest  T3RD
Magnetic? (only one of 13 - bottom left)
Medal aligned
Weight: 2.4g (sample size 13)
Diameter: 20mm
Reverse: Date with dots

Obverse: FRANC.D.G.R.I.S. A.GER.IER.REX.
Reverse: TU DOMINE SPES MEA .1752. / C A (at bottom of coat of arms)

Obverse (beneath bust) & Reverse (after DOMINE) on piece at bottom right with addition of unknown mark
Bottom left is magnetic and uses large dots on reverse
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on December 03, 2013, 11:35:52 AM
Spotted this piece on ebay  8)
And it actually says Reader's Digest!  ::)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on December 03, 2013, 12:16:19 PM
Here it is enlarged and enhanced and almost legible.

Certainly useful to know.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on December 03, 2013, 12:37:00 PM
Imitation of a nice specimen of an 8 reales 1626-1664 Sevilla in the name of Philip IV of Spain, probably for the US market, where any Spanish coin is immediately called a pirate's coin.

In fact, the heyday of the Caribbean pirates was a century later and they would have been highly unlikely to have handled coins struck in Sevilla: Sevilla was at the receiving end of silver from Spain's colonies. Its input was badly struck colonial silver (e.g. Mexico), its output less badly struck Spanish coins. The 8 reales would - until 1648 - typically be shipped North, e.g. across the Dolomites to Augsburg and Antwerp to pay for the Spanish armies in Flanders and Brabant.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on December 04, 2013, 05:14:22 PM
Having had another look I think I can see 'Offert par selection du RD'.
So probably French.  I shall definitely look out for a reasonably priced one of these  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on December 17, 2013, 08:04:40 PM
Here's a Portuguese piece spotted on eb  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on December 17, 2013, 10:39:46 PM
I put that legend in the Google translate machine and got this reply.

concurso moeda da sorte 25,000,000$ = tender currency of luck   8)  So not quite what the Portuguese used to put on their coins ??? but looks good to foreign eyes.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on December 18, 2013, 01:45:55 AM
I think it means prize draw for 25 million escudos.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on December 18, 2013, 07:54:13 AM
I think you may have happened on an interesting government prize draw Mal.  8)
Just imagine if the mint actually produced a special piece which could be traded in for mega money - wouldn't that be fun!  ;D
Mind you they occasionally do it mistakenly  ::)  But, good on them!
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on January 27, 2014, 08:36:06 PM
Here's a Spanish piece  ??? spotted on eb  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on January 27, 2014, 09:52:39 PM
Seems It dates to 1972 for that anniversary.

Estonian and Dutch according to Google translate...
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on January 28, 2014, 10:17:03 AM
Estonian and Dutch according to Google translate...

 :D :D :D

Let's agree on French and Dutch, making it Belgian.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on January 28, 2014, 11:39:05 AM
Yes Belgian sounds good.

 Now I can take off my wooden shoes.  >:D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on February 02, 2014, 07:37:44 AM
Here's a Spanish one on eb  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on February 02, 2014, 10:15:26 AM
touché   ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on February 15, 2014, 01:48:44 PM
44.8 x 20mm
7.79g
Consimilar
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on February 15, 2014, 01:52:55 PM
The Elizabeth Tower
Uniface
1.47g
22.45mm x 26.6mm
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on February 15, 2014, 01:54:40 PM
The Elizabeth Tower
2g
23.1mm x 27.1mm
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on February 15, 2014, 01:56:37 PM
3.04g
28mm x 13mm
Consimilar
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on February 15, 2014, 01:58:41 PM
RD probably.  Name this car!?
53.6mm x 17.6mm
4g
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on February 15, 2014, 09:18:28 PM
1980 Datsun skyline? unlisted and not my collection.  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on March 12, 2014, 06:44:02 AM
Here is a new R.D. variety I haven't come across before:

FREE BOOK TOKEN VALUE £14.97 consimilar brass, 29.3mm

Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on March 12, 2014, 11:17:24 PM
That answers Dale's question in the first post of this thread. It's not a denomination, but the price of a certain class of RD books. If I remember correctly, RD books are precis of real books. If so, that "value" is quite debatable, but that's beside the point.

Peter
Title: Re: High value
Post by: andyg on March 13, 2014, 12:14:14 AM
There is a £12.97 value token as well.
I've an idea that you could exchange this token for a book

Great minds think alike.... ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on March 13, 2014, 06:42:55 PM
That answers Dale's question in the first post of this thread. It's not a denomination, but the price of a certain class of RD books. If I remember correctly, RD books are precis of real books. If so, that "value" is quite debatable, but that's beside the point.

Not all RD books are abridged, though they do/did a lot of such fiction. They also do/did reference works (atlases and such) - I have a number of these dating back to the 1960s and some are quite good, both on the level of information and the cartography.

£14,97 is a slightly odd sum but it is three times £4,99 - I had wondered whether this was something to do with a minimum order.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Prosit on March 13, 2014, 09:25:58 PM
It has been a interesting thread and continues on.
Dale

That answers Dale's question in the first post of this thread. It's not a denomination, but the price of a certain class of RD books. If I remember correctly, RD books are precis of real books. If so, that "value" is quite debatable, but that's beside the point.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on April 06, 2014, 05:35:29 PM
Here are some tokens from the Swedish equivalent of RD, Förlag Det Bästa. The name is essentially identical to the German branch, Verlag Das Beste.

All are in gold-coloured plastic, and 23 mm, 0,6 g or so (there is a tiny amount of variation in both diameter and weight).

The grot on the 4 kronor and 7,25 kronor pieces is the remains of the glue used to attach the token to a letter. The 5 kronor piece appears to be completely lacking in glue.

I'm unclear too what the significance of the 6 is next to Stockholm.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on April 06, 2014, 11:23:02 PM
Possibly Stockholm 6 is a special mail bag/box due to the quantity of mail they would receive; may even have to pick it up themselves.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 06, 2014, 08:38:51 PM
A long time coming but here it is.
Uniface. But the reverse has the glue.  Hmmmmm! 8)
3.8g
22x38mm
Probably Belgian because that's where I got it.
I have two identical pieces but the glue on the other is less circular ::)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 06, 2014, 08:42:33 PM
I wonder! another that seems to bear that RD look! although, if so, why don't they say?  ???

555 fr. rev. Y632; Brass, 25mm X 1mm thick. 4g.

Got two of these from Belgium recently.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 06, 2014, 11:24:13 PM
Those 555 fr. are a puzzle as RD rarely miss the chance of adding their name to advertise.


Got two of these from Belgium recently.



Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 11, 2014, 05:56:32 PM
Indeed  :-\
Here are two more consimilar plastic pieces from France 8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on September 15, 2014, 12:45:39 PM
Latest trickery from RD  ::) I shall pass on their offer.  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on September 15, 2014, 06:13:30 PM
Who to?  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on October 22, 2014, 03:21:35 AM
...Bob the Builder has snapped up struggling Reader’s Digest UK for a nominal sum....

From The Yorkshire Post (http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/business-news/struggling-readers-digest-bought-for-token-sum-1-6445462)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on January 01, 2015, 02:25:54 AM
1977 Reader's Digest Presidential Coin Collection

Free for you and minted in solid brass  ;D ...big deal!

Here too is a link to some Readers Digest (http://www.jezuss.nl/re/readers-digest.htm) tokens.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on January 09, 2015, 06:34:05 AM
Still if the price was right, free sounds good, I'd have them.
So was that an offer Mal  ;)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on January 09, 2015, 06:47:16 AM
Just quoting RD's comments from the card.

A sprat to catch a mackerel?
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on January 09, 2015, 06:51:10 AM
I would have been that fish if I lived in America! ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: andyg on January 18, 2015, 10:50:16 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9704.0;attach=16170;image)

(picture borrowed from Redwine)

RD-PD-65

Readers Digest Prize Draw No.65?
No.65 in Canada was in 2000 according to the web, but were British prize draw numbered in a similar fashion? - I think they were but have not found anything.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on January 26, 2015, 03:42:31 PM
Makes perfect sense Andy  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on June 21, 2015, 12:20:40 PM
This set has just appeared on eBay.

Readers Digest Coin Set dated 1948 but I doubt they were issued then as it would have to be after the 1971 decimalisation.

Quote:
A set of boxed pre-decimal British Readers Digest coins.
Includes: Half Crown, Two Shillings, Shilling, Threepence,
Penny and Half-Penny coins.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on June 21, 2015, 12:29:09 PM
Weird advertising gimmick. None of the real coins is especially hard to find. The best part would be the box. You could use it to re-assemble a 1953 proof set from the many loose 1953 proof coins floating around and sell it to people collecting coin packaging.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on June 21, 2015, 12:39:39 PM
They may have spoiled the box by writing Readers Digest in large letters on the outside.  ::)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: davidrj on June 28, 2015, 01:13:56 PM
looks like the box has a transparent plastic lid, and the coins appear to be dated 1945 not 48, so maybe part of a commemoration of the end of WWII, i'd quite like the penny though
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on June 28, 2015, 03:31:55 PM
... i'd quite like the penny though

The obverse has the Readers Digest logo etc. rather than the King's head.  :'(
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: bagerap on June 28, 2015, 11:31:43 PM
I can't remember if I've asked this before but, has anyone ever seen a Reader's Digest coin change hands for real money? Other than in the usual mixed lot wherein I suspect most people find them.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on June 29, 2015, 12:47:41 AM
I shall have to take more notice and watch some! Certainly I have several, quite a large bag-full in fact, but I have never intentionally bought any as these were all acquired from job lots.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on July 29, 2015, 06:27:02 AM
A new type added from redwine.

50mm
50.27g
Medal aligned
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 24, 2015, 12:37:37 PM
READER'S DIGEST WORLDWIDE consimilar brass 30.8mm

One that I don't recall having seen before.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Prosit on August 24, 2015, 04:05:57 PM
There are certainly more RD tokens than i ever imagined.

Dale
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on December 11, 2015, 05:07:19 PM
I can't remember if I've asked this before but, has anyone ever seen a Reader's Digest coin change hands for real money? Other than in the usual mixed lot wherein I suspect most people find them.

I do that all the time!  >:D
I have some more new pieces somewhere.............. but I'm not entirely convinced they were RD as advertised.  :-[
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on December 18, 2015, 06:10:13 AM
Another batch of ten RD tokens received today in a job lot of tokens, but I was extremely lucky as one of the is a gold ingot   :o  but that same old number 1-06311 !  ;D 28X13mm

Also two other items we haven't seen before on this thread a nickel plated steel 02664 30.8mm and an aluminium 04254 31mm.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on December 18, 2015, 06:15:45 AM
Also included in that previous job lot was a lovely almost mint example of the £12.97 thank you token that we don't yet have displayed here.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on December 18, 2015, 07:47:21 AM
You're a lucky man Mal  :o
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on December 18, 2015, 07:54:14 AM
These were advertised as RD, not sure :-\
Bought them anyway  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on December 18, 2015, 10:56:19 AM
They are all obvious replicas but I don't see any indication of where they originated. Its quite possible that they are a set put out by RD.

I do think I have seen the one with Arabic legends before.  ???
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on January 04, 2016, 06:02:48 AM
Another RD, a tiny 20mm item in aluminium with a gold colouring over it.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on January 04, 2016, 06:25:11 AM
Very nice Mal  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on January 04, 2016, 07:35:01 AM
They are all obvious replicas but I don't see any indication of where they originated. Its quite possible that they are a set put out by RD.

Gave them a look over. Those I could identify (am far from my library) are all Spanish or connected to Spain, so I doubt the series is RD.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: bagerap on January 21, 2016, 05:43:56 PM
Hold the front page!!!!!

Someone is paying cash money for RD tokens. Quick Nurse, the screens!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Collectible-Readers-Digest-Coin-Tokens-including-dollar-token-13-97-Token-/121867203835?hash=item1c5fd9f4fb:g:JYUAAOSweW5VJobJ

Item No. 121867203835

Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on January 21, 2016, 06:31:54 PM
Wise person  ;)
Such as my good self  ::)  :-*
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on February 08, 2016, 01:53:53 AM
Here is a latest acquisition, an Austrian coin replica liberally coated with RD glue where presumably it was adhered to a promotional letter.  :P  2.3g even with the glue!

See Reply #126 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9704.msg159926.html#msg159926)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: Figleaf on February 08, 2016, 10:51:40 AM
Great mop of RD-glue :) See reply #70 for the no-date variant.

Peter
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on February 08, 2016, 01:05:10 PM
I should also mention all these that I have looked at today have a steel or iron core under the various colours of plating and stick to a magnet so no doubt all of these replicas are magnetic.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on February 29, 2016, 10:07:42 AM
Another Readers Digest book token showing how inflation has caused a price rise to £17.99 ...Free! Book token

Consimilar nickel plated steel 29.7mm and liberally coated with RD glue on the reverse.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on February 29, 2016, 10:16:27 AM
As an afterthought I should perhaps show another from the same batch, this one has a Value £14.97

Consimilar brass 29.1mm
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: africancoins on February 29, 2016, 11:06:31 PM
I have nickel coloured VALUE £15.95 THANK YOU TOKEN of a similar style to the other multi-sided pieces...  I also have this piece which still glued to the thing they glued it to decades ago... I do not have the letter as mentioned.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on February 29, 2016, 11:10:53 PM
Useful confirmation of the source of these replicas.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on March 01, 2016, 07:31:15 AM
You lucky man!  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on June 29, 2016, 02:13:55 PM
Talking of luck I have three different four leaf clover pieces two of the normal size 18.1mm we listed before and another larger at 21mm.  :o
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 30, 2016, 03:06:00 PM
A new type added from redwine.

50mm
50.27g
Medal aligned

I now have the official case  8)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 31, 2016, 12:07:11 AM
That is very interesting. I wonder if this is a one off or whether there is a series of similar objects.  ???
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 31, 2016, 10:34:01 AM
It's the only type I've seen but I'm still looking.................  ;D
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 31, 2016, 10:55:49 AM
25.4 x 10.4mm
READERS DIGEST / No 24.744
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 31, 2016, 10:57:17 AM
Car, probably RD  ???
59.8 x 19.5mm
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 31, 2016, 12:54:05 PM
There is another very similar at Reply #149 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9704.msg170422.html#msg170422) but single sided.

Maybe it represents a Datsun bluebird from about 1980.  ??? I wonder if they gave one away? I have seen RD keys too! :-\
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 31, 2016, 01:09:01 PM
I found some postcards.  8) ...perhaps the car is a Granada ???

S05207 Readers Digest Publicity Postcard Ford Granada is the prize

S05208 READERS DIGEST LUCKY NUMBER POSTCARD - 1960s FORD ZODIAC EXECUTIVE

S05209 Readers Digest Publicity Postcard Austin Mk 2 Mini is the prize
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: redwine on August 31, 2016, 01:18:54 PM
Nice ones  8)  I don't remember them  ???
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: FosseWay on August 31, 2016, 03:03:05 PM
Like the way the Mini is (a) parked halfway across an entrance and (b) on a yellow line. No wonder the guy seems to be removing a parking ticket from the windscreen!  :D

As to redwine's Agamemnon piece - I would bet my very-important-guaranteed-entry-in-prize-draw RD token that it is part of a series. It would seem odd otherwise to add "Mythologie grecque". I suspect that out there waiting to be discovered are some that talk of Alexander, some of Hercules, of Hector and Lysander and such great names as these... Unless, of course, the Agamemnon one was the first in a series that turned out to be a flop, though RD are quite enthusiastic when it comes to flogging dead horses.
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on August 31, 2016, 11:59:48 PM
Yes I agree there should be others out there but of course they are difficult to recognise for what they really are.

Such as those replica Austrian coin types separated from the sheet they were attached to.  ???  See Reply #197 (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,9704.msg218709.html#msg218709)
Title: Re: Readers Digest advertising tokens
Post by: malj1 on October 25, 2017, 08:18:44 AM
Talking of luck I have three different four leaf clover pieces two of the normal size 18.1mm we listed before and another larger at 21mm.  :o

Another type arrived in a job lot today, this time its scalloped, consimilar brass 28mm.