Pictures - Arcade Tokens

Various arcade tokens from over the years.  The arcade token was developed for a few reasons, the biggest one being security.  With real money only being in one place, the token machines, arcade operators didn't have to worry so much about theft at the arcade cabinet level - both from patrons and employees.  Of course only having one machine to have to make the coin pickup from made things far easier for route owners as well.  Token designs became as diverse as the games themselves with large and/or popular arcade chains having their own designs.  Many smaller operations used generic tokens but even those are greatly varied.  Then of course are the extremely unique, tokens that are of different shape and feel than standard coins.  Sadly tokens are starting to disappear with the almighty swipe card starting to move in and replace them at large arcades - even kids places are starting to use swipe cards.  Granted it makes things even safer and more efficient for arcade operators but it removes a key component of the arcade experience in my mind.  Many of the tokens above are from arcades long since gone and a few from arcades that are now using swipe cards.  In the case of a very few arcades, such as the Camelot Park locations which became owned by Boomers, I have tokens of different ownership eras.  If I know where the token came from I have listed the location as well.  Yes, some of these are from large chains, but if a location is listed the pictured token is from that location.
 

Arcade Tokens
    Aladdin's Castle (front)
    Aladdin's Castle (back)
    Atari Family Amusement Centers (front) - Westgate Mall, San Jose, CA
    Atari Family Amusement Centers (back) - Westgate Mall, San Jose, CA

    Bamboola (front) - San Jose, CA
    Bamboola (back) - San Jose, CA
    Boomers! (front) - Modesto, CA
    Boomers! (back) - Modesto, CA
    Bullwinkle's Family, Food & Fun (front) - Santa Clara, CA
    Bullwinkle's Family, Food & Fun (back) - Santa Clara, CA

    Camelot Park (front) - Livermore, CA
    Camelot Park (back) - Livermore, CA
    Camelot Park (front) - Modesto, CA
    Camelot Park (back) - Modesto, CA
    Century Theaters Starcade (front) - San Jose, CA
    Century Theaters Starcade (back) - San Jose, CA
    Chuck E. Cheese's (front)
    Chuck E. Cheese's (back) - 1989
    Chuck E. Cheese's (back) - 1990

    Discovery Zone (front) - Modesto, CA
    Discovery Zone (back) - Modesto, CA

    Funworks (front) - Turlock, CA
    Funworks (back) - Turlock, CA

    Generic "Token For Arcade Only" (front)
    Generic "Token For Arcade Only" (back)
    Generic "Bald Eagle" (front)
    Generic "Bald Eagle" (back)
    Generic "Poker Chip" (front)
    Generic "Poker Chip" (back)

    John's Incredible Pizza Co. (front) - Modesto, CA
    John's Incredible Pizza Co. (back) - Modesto, CA

    Palace Entertainment (front)
    Palace Entertainment (back)

    Q-Zar (front) - San Jose, CA
    Q-Zar (back) - San Jose, CA

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (front) - Santa Cruz, CA
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (back) - Santa Cruz, CA
    Silver Coin (front) - Silverdale, WA
    Silver Coin (back) - Silverdale, WA
    Strike Zone Bowling (front) - Manteca, CA
    Strike Zone Bowling (back) - Manteca, CA

    TILT (front) - Vallco Fashion Park, Cupertino, CA
    TILT (Back) - Vallco Fashion Park, Cupertino, CA
 

Do you have some arcade tokens I don't?  If so I will buy them at an average price of $0.50 - $1.00 each, if it's something I'm interested in.  I'm looking for one to four of each design you may have and will pay up to $5.00 shipped for $1.00 worth of tokens.  Please contact me if you have tokens to sell and please include a general picture.  I don't expect anything super detailed like the images above, I simply want to see what I'm buying.
 


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