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Amusement Machine Token

A copper Amusement Machine tokens issued by Samson Novelty Co. of Holborn, Greater London. The token is slightly smaller than a British penny coin was in use in the early 1940's.

DenominationOne Penny
Diameter29.9 mm
Thickness1.6 mm
Weight8.69 gms
amusement_1_Samson_obverse amusement_1_Samson_reverse

Obverse : Samson destroying the Temple of Dagon by pushing the pillars apart, an arch behind all within plain circle.
NO VALUE above and PROPERTY OF MACHINE below along the periphery.
Reverse : Has large 1 at center within a leafy pattern arranged in a diamond.
LOANED FOR above and AMUSEMENT ONLY below along the periphery. + on either side between text.

Bible : Book of Judges, about 1120 BC - Chapter XVI:
29. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand. and the other with his left.
30. And Samson said, Let me die with the Phillistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew with his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

The First Dictionary of Paranumismatics by Brian Edge of Crewe, England, U.K. 1991. illustrates both sides of this token near to the initial "S" (Samson) token issuers listed in that book.

This token has different obverse but identical reverse to Ruffler & Walker token found with it.
I also found a smaller token from Samson Novelty Co. of Holborn which maybe older.

The token was scanned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 200 dpi. This token was obtained in the 2003 May from a dealer in Galle, Lanka. Theu were among a pile of circulated old British copper, but that is probably only because they were all copper coins of similar size. I have found these same tokens in curio shops in Both Colombo and Kandy.
I thank Paul Baker and Parauke @ Coin and Medal Society in Crew, U.K. for their information.