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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 10, March 5, 2006, Article 13

THE DECLINE OF MARDI GRAS DOUBLOONS

Last week I asked, "Are Mardi Gras Doubloons being edged out
in popularity by beads?

Bob Fritsch writes: "The diminishing use of MG Doubloons by the
various Krewes has been a problem for years.  Everyone riding on
a float has to buy their own "throws".  It costs a lot to produce
die-struck doubloons while there are cheaper items to carry the
krewe logo.  MG cards are extremely popular as are beads, cups,
and various other items.  Doubloons are there but fewer and fewer
krewes are throwing them.  Arthur Hardy's MG Guide lists doubloon
issuers each year.

I have been a member of the Crescent City Doubloon Traders (CCDT)
for years and they have done a great job cataloging the various
items coming off the floats, with emphasis on the doubloons of
course.  Like everyone else down there, they were hit hard by the
disaster, but are back in business and a couple of the members are
working on a beads catalog.  Their references are valuable to
collectors of MG material.  PO Box 24418; New Orleans, LA
70184-4418."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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