What is this token for?

justlindaJuly 8, 2012

Got this token in with a bunch of "little bits" at the rummage sale. Just wondering where/what in Texas this would be for.

I noted the top hat, cactus, Texas - but can't quite figure out the logo across the top.

I figure there are really smart :) people on here that may be able to give me assistance.

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lindac

What does the other side look like?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 12:36AM
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calliope

rofl. The characters say Texas in Japanese. This has got to be some sort of souvenir, perhaps for a Japanese group of some sort coming there to sightsee or a convention.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 12:48AM
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justlinda

Both sides are exactly the same, and it is about the size of a quarter.

Umm, wonder if it would work in a slot machine - lol!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 12:35PM
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jemdandy

The 4 characters across the top may represent cattle brands. Those could be stylized japanese characters.

During the 1930 and in to WW2, tokens like this one appeared ian a large number of places. Some were embossed cardboard. Those were used as tax tokens, street car and city bus fares, and as premiums. A tax token usually had the term, tax and the amount on it. Several cities issued their own tax tokens and these were for 1 cent or a fraction of a cent. These were used locally to collect sales tax. I do not think that your Texas coin is a tax token because there is no monetary amount on it.

Since it is about rhe size of a quarter, it may have been a slot machine coin or a souvenir

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:32AM
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calliope

The four characters across the top spell out the phonetic word "Texas" in Japanese. They aren't 'stylized' characters representing cattle brands. I wasn't guessing it when I said that, I was reading it.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 9:46AM
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jemdandy

Since the characteres sound out "texas" in japanese, I'd hazard a guess that it was a souvenir for a tour group of Japanese.

It has some interesting feaures: A cactus and a 10 gal hat bearing a lone star.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 3:00AM
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lindac

Hmm....wasn't that just what Calliope said in her 1st post?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 9:54AM
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calliope

LOL......thanks for correctly identifying it as a ten gallon hat, instead of the top hat the OP mentioned. That was bugging me.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 5:45PM
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justlinda

Now that you mention it, I don't suppose you'd see many Texas cowboys wearing top hats, lol.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 7:31PM
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jemdandy

There was a German-Japanese interment camp in Texas during WW2. Tokens were used in camp for money. I checked this out and found that red and blue tokens were used. Some tokens were naturaly metal color after the color worn off. All of the tokens displayed a monetary value therefore could not be your token. There were some tokens that displayed "clothes" or "shoes"; these do not fit your token.

Your token may have something to do with those camps, possibly a memorial coin given to visitors long after the war - just a guess.

I also found a present day establishment claiming to be the only Japanese-Korea style arcade parlor in Texas. Their machines use tokens. I have not found an image of one of those tokens, but I mention this as a possible clue.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 12:27AM
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justlinda

Wow, thanks to all for your information, insights and ideas.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 12:30AM
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jsutt

I'm making a wild guess here, but I suspect it might be a token for a Texas Pachinko arcade in Japan, and was a momento brought back to this country by either a tourist or GI. (Pachinko is a very popular "pinball"-like game in Japan frequently used as an excuse for gambling.Think of a combo of pinball and slot machine.) The katakana syllabary at the top strongly indicates Japanese origin. The "Texas" name suggests it was an arcade that probably welcomed GIs and their dollars by giving them a small reminder of home. Just a theory, but it's the best I've got.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 8:15PM
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lazy_gardens

I'm thinking about the saguaro cactus ... does not grow in Texas. I don't think a Texas business or tour destination would approve a souvenir token with the Arizona state plant on it.

Jsutt's explanation makes sense ... a made in Japan "Texas" token could have all kinds of oddities. Because,if it in the "West", it has to have saguaros.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2012 at 10:22PM
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jsutt

http://www.texas.jp/
(I love the internet!) The above link is to the website of Texas Pachinko in Japan. The photo of the sign I got from flickr taken by a Japanese back in 2010. There's no guarantee your token is from this business, and there's no way to determine how old your token is ... but the theory is at least possible. Personally, I think your token is really neat with all the cross cultural things happening on such a small surface.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 9:32AM
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calliope

Totally cool!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 10:22AM
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justlinda

Totally believable. Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 11:32AM
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karen.99

Is this token worth any money? Does anyone know

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 9:52PM
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