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Offline Figleaf

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Belgium, game token
« on: April 26, 2007, 11:57:24 PM »
The language on this white plastic (?) holed token is English, but the family name is Flemish or maybe Dutch and the first name French. Its diameter is 29,8 mm and its weight is 1.3 grams. Lettering is gold color and reverse is the same, except for a 90 degrees rotation. Does anyone know who Jean Roels, Royal banker is or was or what you could do with his points?

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Re: Unidentified token
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2007, 02:17:02 AM »
To me it looks like a gambling casino token for an one eyed bandit... large number of Benidorm- Costa Brava memories where lots of those kind of tokens where laying on the floor in ftront of souvenir-shops. Maybe a token to fetch a fluffy bear for a little child with a large iron arm. ? ???
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Re: Unidentified token
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2007, 12:55:31 PM »
Very close, muntenman. I received an off-list reply from Bart:

"I suspect that this is a counter of an owner of a amusement stand holder, probably in a theme park/amusement park. Some of these counters are mixed with regular coins (they used to be pre-decimal British pennies) in a game. (The player buys pennies from the stand holder and inserts them in a feeder, aiming at a favorable point. A "bulldozer" shoves the pennies down towards a slot were the player can use them again. Some of the pennies fall in slots on the sides, where they are profit for the stand holder.) When you have collected a number of points, you can pick a prize from the stall. I don't recognize the name of Jean Roels, but it reminded me of a funfair immediately. (Our local funfair opens from 30th April, which happens to be the Dutch national day - until 6th May, when the annual market opens (in Belgium, an annual market is traditionally an opportunity for local farmers and small merchants to trade cattle and other goods, but it has more and more taken on the character of a popular festival)

I have added the parts in brackets.

So "royal banker" is not a job title, but the name of a game. A big thank you to Belgium.

Peter
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Re: Belgium, game token
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2007, 10:03:21 PM »
Bart is absolutely right.
See below for the machine. Roels is probably the owner.

notice the white tokens in the right tube in the machine ;)

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Re: Belgium, game token
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2007, 10:28:05 PM »
Good fun, Willy. I actually know someone called Roels (but not Jean) who works in the financial sector...

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Re: Belgium, game token
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2007, 10:58:21 PM »
some more details
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