Canteen tokens

Started by malj1, July 02, 2012, 09:27:43 AM

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malj1

Douwe Egberts Professoneel BV Cu-Ni, 22.5mm same both sides.

I vaguely recall these being mentioned here but no luck with searching.
Malcolm
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Figleaf

The company is Dutch and specialised in things coffee. Its HQ is in De Meern, near Utrecht. I used to pass it by train twice a day, getting a whiff of coffee just when I needed one and couldn't have any :'(. DE carved out a good market for itself by introducing instant coffee (shudder). The company is well known for its coupons on the labels or packaging of their coffee and tea. The system is so popular that there are shops that show the company gifts, where you can collect the gifts, even with (partial) payment.

The token is for operating corporate coffee machines. The company DE Professioneel BV was established in 1977 by bundling Decoma (DE's own brand of coffee machines), Natoma (an acquired brand) and Moccomat. There is a version 22.5 mm cu-ni and a version 20 mm brass. There is another 21 mm brass DE type with a steaming cup, marked Anno 1753 above and the company name below.

DE took over Natoma (The Hague) in 1973. There are three varieties of a Natoma token: 22.5 mm cu-ni with slot and without slot and 20 mm brass. There is also a token with the name Natoma and a logo with the cypher AFO.

The company had a strategic alliance with the Danish producer of coffee machines Moccomat. This accounts for a further 6 tokens: 20 mm brass, 20 mm brass holed, 20 mm nickeled brass, 22 mm brass, 22 mm nickeled brass and 22 mm copper.

Peter
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malj1

Thanks Peter, "The token is for operating corporate coffee machines." is the result I was expecting - but now you leave me many more to find!  8)

This information is very useful for the page I am constructing showing all the coffee vending tokens I have at present. It can be seen here.
Malcolm
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Figleaf

Know what you are getting into. There are 500 different coffee machine token issuers, around 700 types in the Netherlands alone...

Peter
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malj1

Yes I had rather gathered that but I work with one advantage, I only put in the ones in my own collection.  :)
Malcolm
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malj1

#5
L.C.T. CANTEEN TOKEN 1/- white plastic and 1/6D navy blue plastic both with blank reverse and 30mm.

Said to have been issued by Leeds City Transport.



Edited to add this link to Sov. St which is thought to be the location of the canteen.
Malcolm
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malj1

Hood Haggies's Dining Hall 3D Brass, 30.9mm

Robert Hood Haggie of Hood Haggie's Rope Works, in Willington Tyneside,was the employer of a great number of people and the women were known locally as Haggie's Angels. The firm became part of British Ropes, and claimed the record for the longest continuous wire rope, of 14.9 miles, made for the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1983. More here.

Malcolm
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Figleaf

You Ingleesh are sooo crude when it comes to food. Ze best part of ze meal is ze desserruh, no? So you eat in a Grand Café, where the meal is delicious and have a large, top heavy, colourful glace (ice cream) to finish. Even in a forgotten bled like Béziers. :D

Peter
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Figleaf

#8
So what if the chef is not good enough? You simply go to the compétition, Humarau, Café de la Paix or the Société. As we do not want ze Coca Cola, we buy nice limonades collectively.

And if the Grand Café is still too expensive? You are in luck if you served in the army and survived. :-X You will be served a decent meal in the co-operative of the demobilised soldiers. Otherwise, you must be content with the bread of "La Solidarité. But in leetle Béziers, everyone has food!

Peter
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Figleaf

Of course, in the big city, the boss may have his own canteen. In such cases, you may hope that they have their priorities right (meal, wine, dessert), like this producer of colouring material from Lyon.

Peter
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malj1

A leetle more of ze limonade from Beziers, mon ami!

Syndicat des Limonadiers Beziers 10c. Brass, 30mm.
Malcolm
Have a look at  my tokens and my banknotes.

Figleaf

Dutch worker bees are different. There are those who are too important to eat in the canteen. They get served in their office and continue working. Others are overworked and live on coffee only. Next are those who are too cheap to eat in the canteen and bring their own sandwiches. That leaves a small group of regulars who spend their time complaining about the quality of the food. Tokens are needed only where the coffee is not free, it seems. There are hundreds of different coffee machine tokens and few if any tokens for food.

This is the most common among them. Douwe Egberts is market leader in anything coffee and tea. Their token is the same on both sides.

Peter
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Figleaf

Here is the competition. Or rather was the competition. Van Nelle no longer exists. It was taken over by DE.

Again, both sides are the same.

Peter
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Figleaf

#13
But if you have a big company, you use your own coffee tokens. Same size as DE, but a dignified cup, no paper cups in The Hague headquarters of one of the largest companies in the world. ;)

Peter
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Figleaf

Another one that disappeared. Philips has only kept its administration and research now. Their last production plant in the Netherlands was in Stadskanaal. Both sides are the same.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.