Web site visitor Kevin Krzeminski of Michigan writes:
I believe that I've found what your article states to be a Radiant Eagle Game Counter. I'd be curious if you'd be able to share any information/history on the relic I found.
Well, I reviewed the earlier E-Sylum articles on the topic and although the existence a several varieties of these counters has been documented, it seems no one has come up
with evidence or even a theory on who made them or where. We did not yet have an image of a '5' denomination, but it is listed in the article John Linhoss sent. Perhaps something may yet turn
up, but for now I guess these remain an enigmatic issue. If anyone is aware of new information on these, please let us know. I reached out to Dave Schenkman - his response is below. -Editor
These things are well known, and as far as I know, no one has ever established that they are game counters. Actually, the fact that some of them have watch-stem loops at the top strongly suggests
that they are not counters; why would a counter be looped?
The 1972 TAMS Journal supplement, “American Game Counters,” which was written by Russell Rulau and George Fuld, devotes an entire page to the various varieties of these pieces, six of which
have the number “5.” Some of the varieties are common; somewhere I have three or four of one type.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
QUERY: UNKNOWN COPPER TOKEN IDENTIFICATION SOUGHT (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n19a16.html)
UNKNOWN COPPER COIN IDENTIFIED AS AMERICAN GAMING COUNTER (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n20a16.html)
MORE ON THE RADIANT AMERICAN EAGLE GAMING COUNTER (http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v16n17a12.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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