My favorite Bonus is the Silver Strike collectible casino coin.
This is one from my collection
They come from Silver Strike slot machines, that look like this:
Most modern casinos don’t have these machines (anymore) because they are mechanical machines, not digital, and the souvenir coins cost more than many casino’s are willing to pay for a “give-a-way”. Paper chits are less expensive, because they have to inventory strikes and reload the machines frequently. The mechanical machines have more moving parts, and tend to need maintenance more often than electronic (digital)machines.
Personally, I love them, they are a cool souvenir! There is even a “Silver Strikers Club” that has meets at the 4Queens Casino on Fremont Street in Las Vegas every year (the 4 Queens has several machines still in service, and mints event and seasonal coins throughout the year). Most of the newer strikes have silver clad center disks (older ones are usually marked .999 silver). the 4Queens also has a lot of colorized strikes, which are visually exciting, even if they don’t have the silver value of the strikes with solid centers. Newer strikes usually are $10 casino tokens, worth $10 at the cashiers cage in the casino. eBay and amazon prices are usually higher, since there is no risk of losing your money when buying a coin directly.
Silver Strike coins from closed, sold, and re-named casinos are available on Ebay and Amazon. It’s an inexpensive way to have a unique and historical souvenir from Old Las Vegas. With higher silver prices and solid Silver centers (.8 of an ounce of silver) these older .999 silver strikes have both the value of the base metal and collectible value!
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”.
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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