What are these silver coins? I tested them with the ice and sound tests, and they appear to be silver.

Alan Chenkin, Novice coin collector and hobbyist

Coin in question:

Based on a quick look, that appears to be a token for a Japanese “Pachislo” skill-stop slot machine. They are usually a stainless steel or aluminum alloy. Pachislo tokens are lightweight and non-magnetic, to prevent any influence on the outcome of the slot machine wager.  The only thing “silver” about them is the color.

Here are some from a google search:

This is a Pachislo skill stop slot machine:
The tokens are “approximately” the size of a US quarter. These tokens are not rare, but specific ones may be hard to locate. They also work in some gaming machines at Chuck E Cheese[1] , and some arcades[2].
I have owned several Pachislo machines, usually reconditioned ones from Japanese cruise ships.  They are usually noisy and have bright lights, which makes them lots of fun, especially when they pay out winnings!  Most machines are easy to maintain, and there are companies devoted to parts and service.  Many owners convert their machines to us US Quarters, although I liked the tokens, and frequently needed to buy more (which is how I learned so much about them).  Reconditioned or used Pachislo machines can be bought for around $500 (USD) – LCD display machines are more expensive, and older machines can sometimes be found on Craigslist or Letgo.  If you buy one on Ebay or Amazon, verify the shipping cost, because they are heavy.  If you have a playroom or home bar, a pachislo machine (or two) can be a fun conversation piece.
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Edited and expanded from my Quora answer.

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Welcome to Pocket Change Riches

Valet tray (coins not included) from Amazon

By Alan Chenkin, who jingles his coins…

With Credit cards and smart phone payments we hardly need to carry cash anymore.  While it makes me a bit of a throwback, I will miss the bulge and jingle of change in my pocket.  For example, slot machines Have been using paper money, credit cards, for wagering and paper slips for winnings when you cash out.  They used to have big trays to catch the players winnings, and the noise of all the coins dropping was like a siren call to all the nearby gamblers.  Casinos used to distribute sealed towelettes to slot machine players because of the dirt that would accumulate on their hands from handling coins while playing.  And kept coin cups nearby to hold the winnings of the lucky players!


In my man cave, I have always been in the habit of throwing my loose change in a cup on my dresser every evening.  every so often I will sort it out, and hunt for coins of value;  old silver coins – the odd foreign penny or farthing; sometimes a Euro – so I can celebrate my “find” and put them aside.  For the older silver and well preserved coins I have “Coin Flips”, for keeping the coins clean after I wipe them with a cotton sock, er, “coin cleaning rag”.

Coin Flip Assortment - Cardboard 2x2 Holders - 25 each of 6 Sizes
2×2 coin flips from Amazon
Collecting coins is almost a passive hobby in this way – seeking finds in pocket change (ergo “Pocket Change Riches”) and finding fun collectible coins in stores, on EBay, or yard sales.  We all have need for money, and what painless way to accumulate coins and potential wealth, just by emptying your pockets!
I hope you will join me in this journey of coin collecting and enjoyment as I answer questions from my readers and post them.  feel free to comment or share, and I will respond to any requests or queries to the best of my ability.
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How much are US wheat pennies (Lincoln cents) worth?

Wheat pennies are fun to find in your pocket change
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These websites will guide you to the specific values of different years and grades of wheat pennies:

Lincoln Pennies (1909-1958) – JM Bullion
Wheat Pennies (1909 to 1956) Values – Cointrackers
Find Out How Much Is Your Lincoln Wheat Penny Worth? – The Spruce

If you sort your coins, you can collect pennies in many forms:

Lincoln Wheatback Cents Album, 1909-1958 P, D & S (Cornerstone Coin Albums)1c Lincoln Wheat Cent Penny Album/Book/Kit & 200 Random Coins Included #53303^
Lincoln Wheat Penny Starter Album Collection Kit; Great for Beginner CollectorsBCW Peel-N-Seal Self-Adhesive 2x2 Coin Flips for Pennies 100ct
Wheat pennies, because of their minted volumes, are easy to collect and fun.  Kids like them, because they can understand the value of a penny.  
You can even buy Wheat Pennies on-line if you don’t have any, or need specific years:
coin collecting does not have to be fancy.  A cardboard box or a cigar box, a magnifying glass, and an old sock (to wipe any fingerprint oil or dirt off the coins) is almost all you need.  You can almost feel history when you hold a 100 year old coin in your hands!
Coin Collecting - Newbie Guide To Coin Collecting: The ABC's Of Collecting - Including Gold, Silver and Rare Coins: What Every Investor Must Know
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