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Swakopmund Casino Tokens

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    There are a few others but the most collectible tokens I know of for Namibia are slot machine tokens from the casino at Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre. Swakopmund is Namibia’s second biggest town (after the capital Windhoek) and is located on the Atlantic coast. The common side of this series of six tokens shows the logo of Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre (well actually the logo on their website includes small palm trees at around 3 and 9 o’clock). The reverse designs all include denomination, the word “TOKEN”, one or more appearances of the four suites and one of the various pictoral devices mainly from the hotel’s logo.

There are six pieces to this series...

Reverse of 25 Cent Token from Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre
Swakopmund 25 Cent (reverse only).

   The 25 Cents, is  apparently Bronze and the reverse of this piece features two two sand dunes and the sun.

50 Cent Token from Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre
Swakopmund 50 Cent (the obverse is common to the whole series).

    The 50 Cents, is Aluminium-Bronze and the reverse of this piece features the sun, obviously as a reminder of the weather in these parts of the world.

Reverses of 1, 2 and 5 Dollar Tokens from Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre
Swakopmund 5, 2 and 1 Dollar (reverses only).

    The 1 Dollar, this is Copper-Nickel and the reverse of this piece features palm trees, these are a regular feature of this region’s flora.
    The 2 Dollar, this is Copper-Nickel and the reverse of this piece features the spire as seen from the front of the hotel. This is a reminder of the German influenced architecture of the hotel and many other buildings in Namibia.
    The 5 Dollar, this is Copper-Nickel and the reverse of this piece features the Ghost Ship, representing the Skeleton Coast (Someone at the hotel told me this bit !). Namibia’s coast is with the Atlantic Ocean and is known to be rather treacherous as well as being rich in diamonds. (Swakopmund is on this coast.)

Reverse of 10 Dollars Token from Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre
Swakopmund 10 Dollar (reverse only).

    The 10 Dollar, this is apparently Copper-plated-Steel and the reverse of this piece features a mermaid. The mermaid is part of the hotel’s logo since the hotel’s casino is called “Mermaid Casino”.

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Slight text modifications/update and several images added at June 2003.