Italy - gaming token

Started by Figleaf, December 03, 2020, 09:43:20 PM

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In spite of the American references, this token, 26 mm, 3.5 gram, is Italian. Gettone is token in Italian.

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


Having seen so many tokens with that (or very similar eagle) I do not associate it with U.S.A. at all. Eagles with sprigs or shields are a bit different..... All generally seem to link to stock designs.

I have perhaps had a near identical piece to that shown for more than 20 years. Are your piece is 3.5 grams ?

I also have this similar (but no eagle) piece that includes the crowned M of the Spanish Mint...

About this tokens type, in 1999 they told me...

According to your request for more information about the bimetallic token, which images you included, these are the technical data:

Year of minting - 1.996
Mintage - 1.005.000 pcs.
Ring alloy - Cu 92/Ni 2/Al 5
Centre alloy - Cu 75/Ni 25
External diameter - 24,9 mm.
Internal diameter - 15,55 mm.
Total weight - 7,63 g.
Edge plain
Edge thickness - 2,13 mm.

This token was made to be used in casino slot-machines for a spanish manufacturer.  It was the first experience of the Spanish Mint in bimetallic minting.

The token obverse shows the value, surrounded by the legend "GETTONE PLAY TOKEN" and two mintmarks.  In the center ob the reverse, the logo of the manufacturer surronded by 15 5-points stars and the legend "NO CASH VALUE".

Thanks Mr Paul Baker


It looks quite similar, but mine is larger and lighter* (see above), yours has circles of 5-pointed stars, mine uses flowers with 6 petals, the 1 has more lines inside and its outline is different and the legends flow across ring and pill on mine.

Strangely, the Spanish word for token is ficha. Gettone is Italian.


* My scale may be dead or needing a new battery; I used an old letter weighing scale. I got the diameter with electronic callipers, though.
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.