telephone Tokens for Sale on Etsy

Telephone tokens were once widespread medium of exchange for people wanting to talk on public phones with someone before there were telephone cards to collect and use. These tokens were once widely used in Europe, Israel, Japan, and South America.

This practice of using tokens and allowing their specific value to float with the going rate for a phone call eventually became the standard world-wide practice. This came in especially handy in European countries where currencies changed as one crossed national borders, but a token could still be useful.

In some countries, such as Italy, they were even used informally as cash equivalents.

While most telephone tokens are round, some have different shapes as well.

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