E-Sylum reader James Contursi lives in Taiwan and a friend of his wrote and published a new book on Taiwan tokens. I learned about it from a review James wrote in the July/August 2017 issue of the TAMS Journal, the official publication of the Token and Medal Society. Below is an excerpt of that review.
臺灣的代用幣 : Taiwan’s tokens[sic].
By 袁明達 ; YUAN Mingda. Taibei shi : by the author, 2016.
ISBN 978-986-94062- 0-8. Soft cover, 207 pages, color photographs. Price : 600NTD(1).
Although Taiwan has a long-established history of numismatic
scholarship, I have been unable to find any domestically researched or
published information about Taiwanese tokens, other than the odd listing in
an East Asian auction catalogue.
That paragraph was written in September, 2016, as I was preparing an
article on the chronology of Taiwanese tokens. Three months later, the
Taiwan token-collecting community was surprised and delighted by the
publication of YUAN Mingda’s Taiwan’s tokens[sic].
This book publishes the token collection that Yuan has dedicated more
than twenty years to build, and it provides the distilled research findings
that he has managed to ferret out from various corners during the same
time frame. Paging through this volume is equivalent to taking a voyage
through the erstwhile uncharted waters of Taiwan tokens, and with Yuan at
the helm, a uniquely informative journey ensues.
Yuan archives nearly 700 Taiwan tokens – metal, plastic and paper – in
a quarto-sized tome, printed on glossy paper, and divided into nine main
headings. I list these because their format and composition may vary from
the chapter titles usually encountered in the west. They include: 1) United
States military; 2) the public sector, comprised of public park, telephone,
transportation and government-issued tokens; 3) children’s playgrounds; 4)
department stores; 5) zoos; 6) amusement parks; 7) hotels; 8) industrial
enterprises, which encompasses banking, cruise ship, bowling alley, golf
and batting range, and restaurant tokens; and 9) early video arcade tokens.
These are followed by three pages of early Republic tokens, with an
emphasis on Shanghai; seven pages of miscellaneous world tokens; and
four pages of Taiwanese paper tokens.
Copies of the book are available, given current exchange rates, at US$20, plus shipping. I'll forward requests to James.
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