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Offline FosseWay

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US? unknown token/thing
« on: October 13, 2013, 06:28:46 PM »
Any bright ideas? At first I thought it was Swedish, but the non-Swedish spelling of Svenson (it would have two Ss in the middle here), the buffalo (which AFAIK doesn't exist in Sweden) and the NY tell against this.

Apart from Peter Svenson the text appears to read • N • 02STROMA •, which I can make no sense of at all in any language.

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Re: US? unknown token/thing
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 08:26:15 PM »
I think it's a ram, not a buffalo.  The N.Y. are probably engraver's initials. Y is a common letter in Swedish and there are last names that start with it.

My first thought about "02 Stroma" is an address. I tried "Stroma", "Stromå" and "Strømå" but no hits except for "Stroma" which is a tiny island off the coast of northern Scotland. Since it only had like 30 farms and nothing else I doubt the token is from there.

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Re: US? unknown token/thing
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 09:04:23 PM »
It rather seems to be from a metal-typer token machine... so the words will be what someone wanted to have written on just that one piece that you have. I do not think I have seen one before that did not have holes round the centre.

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Re: US? unknown token/thing
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2013, 09:54:49 PM »
Hmm, sounds like I'm on to a loser...

As to Stroma, the only thing that came to mind for me as well was the Orkney island of that name, which I immediately discounted as being relevant.

I'm pretty certain it's not Swedish, whether the NY initials are a designer's initials, New York or something else. As said, Svenson doesn't have enough Ss.

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Re: US? unknown token/thing
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2013, 11:22:05 PM »
I can remember making tokens...not exactly the same but very similar...at carnivals for a Quarter. And yes the pattern around the letters gives it away as a typer. Create your own message. I created a few XXX tokens  >:D

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Re: US? unknown token/thing
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 12:30:12 AM »
Yes a token from a metal-typer machine but as Paul mentioned they are unusual without centre holes which I had imagined were to aid rotation in machine - but apparently not.

The Lion/Ram and the initials N.Y. probably locate this to a location in New York. ...is there a lion park for instance? A souvenir of  Peter Svenson's visit.

I have devoted a page to these here.


Edit; Google 02 Stromae gives a musician and music downloads...
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2013, 01:25:07 AM »
Could 02STROMA be 2nd Street, Roma? May that mean anything?

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Re: US? unknown token/thing
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2013, 03:20:32 AM »
That could account for the "N" for North NY, but does anyone spell Rome, New York, with an A ?

Second street, Rome, appears not to have a place that would have installed a metal-typer machine in days gone by.

Could  it be Roma, Italy? ...or even Roma, Queensland, Australia?
« Last Edit: October 14, 2013, 03:32:17 AM by malj1 »
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