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Tokens can be used for almost any application - whether it's a coin operated business (like a car wash, Laundromat or family entertainment center) using them in place of quarters, a zoo helping to save the planet one token at a time or a brewery reviving a tradition that dates back to the 1800's. 

Click the links below to discover how tokens are being used today.


Tokens on a pinball machine
November 20, 2020

Change Shortage


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Plain versus Reeded Edge
November 10, 2020

All coins and tokens have an edge. If you pull out the change in your pocket or wallet, you’ll notice that some of the edges are smooth, like on a penny or a nickel, and some have little ridges (or reeds) like on a dime or a quarter. 

Tokens are no different. When we mint coins/tokens, a blank metal disc is dropped into a collar. A collar  is a ring that keeps the metal from squirting out the sides with it is struck with the tons of force needed to produce a die struck coin. The inside edge of the collar can be smooth or have ridges.

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Quarters for Conservation voting booth
October 27, 2020

Brevard Zoo was a participant in the “Quarters for Conservation” project, where 25-cents from each admission funds a conservation project.  Since its inception on January 1, 2011 the program has generated $38,546 which has helped to fund 9 conservation projects.  But in addition to the money raised, the program is helping to educate visitors about conservation and how they can help.  Clearly those are more than token results.

The idea came from other American Zoological Association member zoos.  

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dog wash token
October 9, 2020

Lots of car wash owners have jumped on the idea of putting a dog wash in with their car wash.  A new standard dog wash token design from TokensDirect allows dog wash operators to take advantage of marketing and operational advantages that quarters or cash-based programs cannot match.  Unlike quarters, these new dog wash tokens can be minted with the facility name and logo on one side and a standard design on the other– creating a mini billboard with branding opportunities each time that they are seen with pocket change.

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tokens and coins
August 31, 2020

COVID-19 has changed a lot of things. But one impact this pandemic has had is something most people wouldn’t think about: coin circulation.

The U.S. Mint is busy crafting new coinage all the time, including pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and more. They contributed 17% of newly minted circulating coins in 2019. The rest came from third-party coin processors and retail.

Quarter replacement
August 31, 2020

The truth about the nationwide coin shortage – Self Service Car Wash News Summer 2020


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Custom Golf Tokens
August 26, 2020


Custom Putt Putt Tokens Add Profit for Mini Golf Locations


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Tokens and Coins
July 21, 2020

The lack of coins in the market place is causing coin-op companies to change their business models.  

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Stock laundry tokens
July 9, 2020

Currently, due to Covid-19, The Federal Reserve has announced that there will be US coin shortages for the foreseeable future  (

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Custom laundry token
July 8, 2020


Cincinnati, OH –Using tokens rather than quarters to activate start cycles or extend-time at Laundromats eliminates theft and vandalism, especially in unattended areas where these problems are most prevalent.  Often the repairs required to replace faceplates and coin mechanisms when thieves break into coin boxes far exceed the value of the cash loss.  

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Eagle Stars stock copper plated token
May 29, 2020

Copper and Copper Alloys are Effective in the Fight Against Covid-19 and Other Viruses

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Stock dental token
February 5, 2020




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Tokens Coins Rounds
November 19, 2019


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Stock Brass Paw Print Token
October 15, 2019


New Token Designs Provide Promotional Opportunities, Added Profit for Pet-Related Venues


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Treasure chest stock design
September 23, 2019

Cincinnati, OH – Escape Rooms are becoming increasingly popular across the country, and a Florida facility has found a way to reward customers for successfully solving their Pirate Themed Escape Room - custom gold doubloons!  When patrons find the buried treasure – they get to take some pirate doubloons home as a souvenir, reinforcing the theme, and building the brand.  With a high perceived value, these “min-billboards” are kept rather than

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