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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

    1967 Mardi Gras New Orleans Lyons Carnival Club Token Coin! 37 mm!

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    HONORING OUR NATIONS FIRST LADIES Mardi Gras Medal

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    Vintage Wooden Nickel Token advertising KREW OF TUCKS MARDI GRAS' BIGGEST PARTY

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    #3 of 12, LOT OF OLD VTG MARDI GRAS TOKENS, 10 GOOD + 1 CULL, GOLD-GREEN-SILVER

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    #4 of 12, LOT OF 10 OLD VTG MARDI GRAS TOKENS, GOLD-GREEN-SILVER, McDONALDS

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    COIN TOKEN PACKENHAM CARNIVAL CLUB CHALMETTE LOUISIANA MARDI GRAS 1970 HEARTS

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    COIN TOKEN HAPPY 250TH BIRTHDAY NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA 1968 MARDI GRAS 10+ CLUB

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    1975 MARDI GRAS NEW ORLEANS Token Coin VENUS & SOVEREIGN QUEENS Elizabeth II

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    *So Called Dollar 1980 BU "Dueling Oaks" Mardi Gras

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    1971 King of Carnival Centennial Celebration Coin Mardi Gras Token New Orleans

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    Mardi Gras Doubloon Lot ~ 110 Different Tokens

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    1970 -Mardi Gras-35th Anneversy--Chief Ghogtaw

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    1973 New Orleans -Mardi Gras-Honoring Greatest Bands in Dixie

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    1966-1970 MARDI GRAS Crown of Crowns NEW ORLEANS Doubloon - Aluminum Throw Medal

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    1971 MARDI GRAS Krewe of Bacchus NEW ORLEANS Aluminum Throw Doubloon Color Toned

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    1968 MARDI GRAS Krewe of Crescent City NEW ORLEANS Mayor Morrison Doubloon/Medal

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    1973 MARDI GRAS Krewe of Freret NEW ORLEANS Doubloon/Medal w/ American Flag/Map

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    Comus (1990) Doubloon Throw Medal 1st New Oleans MARDI GRAS 1857 Commermorative

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    1982 ROYALS MARCHIN ON NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS MEDALLION/TOKEN

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    1969 New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Doubloon Price Guide Softcover Book Booklet

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