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    New Orleans Mardi Gras

    The celebration of Mardi Gras or "fat tuesday" came to Louisiana from Paris, where it had been celebrated since the middle ages. In the early 19th century, the public celebration of Mardi Gras consisted mainly of maskers on foot, in carriages and on horseback. Violent behavior during the mid 1800's called for an end to Mardi Gras.

    However a group of New Orleanians saved the New Orleans Mardi Gras by forming the Comus organization in 1857. They beautified the celebration and proved that it could be enjoyed in a safe and festive manner. Comus coined the word "krewe", presenting a themed parade with floats and costumed maskers, and staging balls.

    A new century brought some difficult years. World War 1 canceled Mardi Gras in 1918-1919, struggled during Prohibition and the Great Depression of the 1930's. The fifties and sixties were characterized by turbulence and change but Mardi Gras survived.

    The Mardi Gras Doubloon

    Mardi Gras Doubloons are aluminum coin like objects bearing the krewe's insignia on one side and the parade's theme on the reverse. They were first introduced by the Krewe "Rex" in 1960 and created by New Orleans artist Alvin Sharpe. Doubloons are also minted in .999 silver and bronze.

    Pat O'Brien Good For Mardi Gras Token Irish Dollar 1966

    Pat O'Brien's New Orleans, LA
    1966 First Year of Issue

    The Mardi Gras "Good For" Doubloon

    Popeyes - 1976 - Good For 1/4 Fried Chicken
    1976 Popeyes Doubloon
    Good For 1/4 Fried Chicken
    Straya Cafe - 1995 - Good For Coors Beer
    1995 Straya Cafe Doubloon
    Good For One Coors Beer
    Straya Cafe - 1995 - Good For Coors Beer
    1994 Copeland's Doubloon
    Good For One Free Onion-Mum

    To entice customers to visit their store, some New Orleans merchants distributed doubloons that were good for merchandise before and after but not on Mardi Gras day. This tradition dates back to the 1920's when Harry Hyman, a New Orleans tailor, would throw his tokens into Mardi Gras crowds. Perhaps inspiring the now-popular doubloons in 1960. Many New Orleans area businesses continue this tradition today.

    The early Mardi Gras "Good For" doubloons were issued by Pat O'Brien's in 1966. Popeye's in the mid 1970's and Pizza Hut in 1985 followed by Straya Cafe and Copeland's in the 1990's. Coca Cola issued some very interesting pieces in 1988 and 1989.

    Mardi Gras Tokens For Sale

    1983 ANYTHING GOES JUPITER JUNO MARDI GRAS TOKEN! FREE SHIPPING! Y25UCH

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    1973 U.S. ARMY MARDI-GRAS TOKEN

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    Opera House Mardi Gras Token ~ 1987 La Scala - Milan Italy

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    C4878 MARDI GRAS MEDAL, POSEIDON SOVERIGN OF THE SEAS 1983

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    13. LOT OF 8 MARDI GRAS KREWE TOKENS ALUMINUM - OTHER FESTIVAL TOKENS TOO

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    1969 Mardi Gras Golden Moon & Splendor KREWE DIANA Doubloon Token Coin LOT 1@

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    Jerusalem temple New Orleans LA LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL MARDI GRAS medal

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    VINTAGE MARDI GRAS NEW ORLEANS KNIGHTS OF REVELRY CARNIVAL DAYS COIN

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    (J) So Called Dollar 1972 UNC Mardi Gras

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    1987 Tradition Has It Mardi Gras Jefferson Token/Medal

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    Mardi Gras Tokens For Sale

    St. Roch Shrine Silver Mardi Gras Doubloon1970 Elks Krewe of Orleanians - Shiny

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    1967 New Orleans Mardi Gras Choice Aluminum Medal

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    1968 New Orleans Mardi Gras Token BU (C1116-F)

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    1977 Jefferson City Mardi Gras Token BU (C1116-F)

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    1970 New Orleans Mardi Gras Token BU (C1116-F)

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    1968 Mardi Gras MOVIE STAR CLARK GABLE Highlight Silver Screen Doubloon Coin 70

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    (3)authentic 1986 Mardi Gras dabloon coin space rangers mid city lot

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    Vintage 1967 Mardi-Gras Blue Jay Carnival Club Token Covington, LA LOT#A410

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    1982 ROYALS MARCHIN ON NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS MEDALLION/TOKEN

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    Carnival Days Mask Token - Knights of Revelry Doubloon

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