wdhyder's Blog

07 Jul 2018

Modern token collecting

Exonumia | wdhyder

Modern tokens can be an inexpensive way to add positive memories to your collection for little money. An inexpensive item maybe just another junk box addition that hardly warrants a second look. But, don't forget modern tokens when you can tie them to your own diary of family events and activities.

I offer my recent purchase of a Coeur d'Alene Carousel Good For One Ride token. The 1922 Spillman Junior Carousel from North Tonawanda, New York,  was mostly used in the 1940s, '50s and '60s at the old Playland Pier. After being sold and moved elsewhere, the carousel was purchased and donated to the city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Rides are two dollars and riders have to purchase a token that is surrendered when boarding the ride. Keeping one for my collection cost me $2. Was it a good acquisition for my collection? The smiles on the faces of my grandson and wife should more than answer that question.

Collecting opportunities are where we find them. Despite our primary collecting interests or budget, there is something to be found for the collector if you just take a moment to think about your hobby as you go about your daily activities.



Level 4

My Mom collects pressed pennies for that very reason. :) I love looking through them with her and resisting memories while we do.

Tokens are full of history, and they mean that much more if it ties a family event together.


Level 6

Tokens can bring back good memories, no matter how old or how modern.


Level 6

What a great idea. Memories are where you find them. Great photos,, Thanks!


Level 5

Great blog. The Indianapolis Children's Museum has a similar setup. We recently took my granddaughter there and after leaving I realized that I hadn't purchased an extra token. Will have to remember when we go back.


Level 6

What a great blog and looks like a fun time for the family! Now every time you look at that Token you'll remember a wonderful day! I have one from years ago when I was a kid and my Grandparents took me to Knotts Berry Farm. Great memories!


Level 7

Glad you had a good time. That's what it is about.

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