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Offline FosseWay

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Tokens from the Arctic circle
« on: November 06, 2018, 09:02:30 PM »
Northern Sweden is very large but has a very small population. It's not surprising, therefore, that tokens from the region are relatively few and far between. I was thus quite surprised and pleased when two turned up at once!

14281 is brass, 24 mm, 5.05 g. Kiruna is the central town in the kommun of the same name, which extends over a huge area in the furthest north. The town is home to the large state mining concern LKAB and has been in the international news because of the ongoing project to move the town centre away from an area of subsidence caused by the mine.

HSB is a nationwide property company that manages thousands of apartment buildings. This token is most likely for use in the communal laundry rooms in the basement of such buildings.

14279 is brass, 19.7 mm, 3.19 g. This is more of a mystery - for a start the very strange spelling of "Cacino". The only hit I get is to Altenburg Cacino (spelt thus) in Karesuando (Finnish Kaaresuvanto) on the Swedish-Finnish border north of Kiruna but still in Kiruna kommun. It is a tiny settlement, but perhaps just the kind of border settlement where the very strict Swedish gambling laws allow a degree of latitude.

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Re: Tokens from the Arctic circle
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2018, 10:31:39 PM »
I find the spelling Altenburgs Cacino brings up your token along with another: Altenburgs Cacino Tivoli 100

Also an image of the casino - Altenburgs Cacino - Karesuando.

...I can't make out the wording above the door but its probably the totally wrong image according to other information found regarding Karesuando!
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Re: Tokens from the Arctic circle
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2018, 11:02:38 PM »
Don't know what it's like in Sweden, but in France, casino is also a common name for a restaurant. That is because casino's don't want the addicts wandering out for food, so they make sure there's reasonably good and nicely priced food inside. Therefore, a restaurant that wants a "good price/quality" sort of image could call itself casino.

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Re: Tokens from the Arctic circle
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2018, 08:00:20 AM »
I also came up with that photo of a building but it's definitely not in Karesuando! I think it is the premises of a salad bar in Stockholm. I've also come across the 100 piece - the same seller used to have it but had run out when I ordered the 25.

It's not impossible that the name Altenburg Cacino and the connection with Karesuando have been taken over by some other business (in Stockholm or elsewhere), though why someone would do this I don't know. The spelling "cacino" seems to be very unusual in any case.

The 100 also has the word Tivoli, which could be significant. Tivoli in Scandinavia is used to mean "fairground", "amusement park" in general; they are all ultimately named after the original one, Københavns Sommer-Tivoli in Copenhagen. Some of them are large fixed parks, like Liseberg and Gröna Lund (both of which are prolific token issuers) but many were travelling fairs. It is often possible to pin down where the owner had his base but it is likely the tokens were used over a wide area. It's not impossible that the tivoli where this was used had its base in the far north but travelled around, or that Karesuando was one of its stopping points.

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Re: Tokens from the Arctic circle
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2018, 11:53:27 AM »
The travelling fair does seem to be a reasonable suggestion.
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