Tuesday, May 22, 2012

5/22/12 Report - Found Casino Chips

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.

.999 Pure Silver Luxor Casino Chip

I mentioned finding casino chips the other day.  Rick A. read that post and sent a link to a great web site for buying, selling, trading and finding prices of collectible casino chips.  I'm glad he did because I forgot that I was going to talk about casino chips.

I wouldn't say that casino chips are common beach finds because they are not, but it does happen.

Many people collect casino chips, and I can see why.  They are attractive, interesting, and can be very valuable.

Even modern casino chips have some value.  They can be used if you can get to the casino and some are made of precious metals, like the ten dollar Luxor chip shown here.

Some of the more collectible chips sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

Of course the most valuable chips are from historic casinos that no longer exist.  And many people especially like the slot machine tokens.

This chip was found near the water line in the plastic case shown here.  It was undoubtedly in the water for at least a little while but was protected by the plastic holder.

That is the type of thing that makes me wonder.  How did it get there?  Why would somebody be carrying a casino chip on a beach, and how did they lose it?

You can find all sorts of strange things on a beach, and I often wonder how they got there.

One good thing about Florida beaches is that people from all around the world visit and that means you can find things from all around the world.

Here is a chip from Nairobi Kenya.   It isn't old, but does contain nearly a half an ounce of silver.  That means that it has some value, if only melt value.  

I haven't looked up the denomination yet and don't have any idea what 10 shs is worth.  I suspect not much.

Anyhow, this is one more type of thing that is sometimes found on Florida beaches, and it can be a very interesting area of collecting.

If you want to collect casino chips, you'll probably want to specialize in some way, maybe collecting the chips from casinos of a particular state or time period.

Here is the link that Rick sent. 

Thanks Rick.

Florida had some historic beach casinos too.   One that you might be familiar with is now the Hollywood Beach Resort.  Back in 1926 it was a Florida hot spot.  You can still detect on that beach today.

And there were a  riverboat casinos.   That could be really interesting.

Below is a postcard for sale on eBay showing the old Hollywood Beach Casino.

There have to be some leftovers from those days around there if you can get to the right spot at the right time.

Treasure Coast Beach Detecting Conditions.

No significant change.  Seas still running about three feet.

The wind is from the south and the swells from the east.

Poor mushy conditions.

Happy hunting,