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PLANTS (FLOWERS) AND ANIMALS (JOCKEYS, HORSES, UNICORNS, MERMAIDS, DRAGONS, AND ELEPHANTS) IN THE MOLD DESIGNS
|MD-65||HORSE HEAD RIGHT (HHR) -- 16 horse heads looking to the viewer's right. (Another way of putting it is that you see the right side of the horse's head.) 1965-present. Langworthy & Co., Las Vegas NV; Wico Gaming Supply, Las Vegas (1994-1996); Gambler's General Store, Las Vegas NV; and Atlantic Standard Molding, Portland ME, uses it now; ..............On the chip to the left, which is for sale here, I applied soap to the recessed embossed horse heads for scanning purposes. The Paradise Theater was in Aspen CO. about the early 1990's. I believe the club featured low-stake fun gambling for drinks, etc. Currently at the location is the Double Diamond night club, which features live music bands. The chips are in excellent condition; somehow the "Aspen" imprint did not scan well. .. .... As of October 2015, the mold is still being produced in Maine at Classic Poker Chips company, a company that took over from Atlantic Standard Molding in 2013-2014. All their molds can be seen here. The mold is licensed for use in Nevada as of 2014 onwards....||$5.00|
|MD-66||HORSE HEAD LEFT (HHL) -- 16 horse heads looking left. 1950's-1965. Bill Borland's Blue Book cites Paul-son & Co., Las Vegas NV; and C. W. Rice Co., Walnut Creek CA, as distributors. (Gene Trimble notes, "Bud Jones told me this was his mold sold mostly in CA. Would have been sold by him in the Cristy Jones days.") ... ... UPDATE: this mold is not in use anymore, has not been used to make chips in some 20 years. It was donated to the Nevada Historical Society and is on display there.||$6.00
|MD-67||UNICORN -- 8 unicorns. Recent mold; unsure of the dates; still in use. This is an open mold made in the U.S. and recently abroad. Marion & Co., North Miami FL, Chipco Int'l, Windham ME, and a host of other places.||$2.00|
|MD-68||ELEPHANT HEAD AND CROWN -- elephant head and crown, repeated four times. 1980's-present. Marion & Co., North Miami FL has exclusive use of the mold. The mold is used primarily in casinos outside of the U.S., and for private games throughout the world............The inlaid chip on the left, I scored the surface with pencil so the scan would show the recessed design. The chip is currently being used at a club, so it is not for sale. ... .. .... However, I have chips from Minnesota Fats NYC that once rented and sold gaming paraphernalia such as craps tables, slot machines, backgammon, pool and billiard equipment--even jukeboxes. Out of business now. I would sell those for $5 per chip. ... ..... These obsolete chips (HUD [Hudson Valley Club] and Deer Hunting Lodge, Vermont) I'd sell for $3.00 each.||$3.00
|MD-69||DRAGON -- 4 dragons. Recent mold,
still in use. Flimsy, light (4 grams) plastic, yet the center
can be hot-stamped with an image. The chip is offered today by
many gambling supply houses as an inexpensive alternative to their standard
chips. The Dragon chips (and the Mermaid and diamond plastic chips)
are suggested for promotional chips, infrequent home games and Las Vegas
nights, etc. Gamblers General Store, Las Vegas; Poker Store, Stanton
CA; Summit, Colorado Springs CO; R.T.Plastics of Nevada, Las Vegas
NV, and Bill Borland's World-Wide Casino Exchange, Las Vegas (now defunct)
are just some of the places that sell these chips..............I have
samples, like on the left, for sale here in these colors: red, green, black,
white and yellow.
JOCKEYS -- 9 jockeys crouched in racing position, holding a riding crop. John Huxley and Co., London, England. Not used in U. S. casinos. Borland says it is popular in European casinos, although I have a "Regent & Huxley Casino Equipment, Atlantic City, U.S.A." advertising chip of this mold design. The chip on the left is in Lesotho, an independent kingdom and enclave in South Africa. ... ..... ...... I have for sale some used chips with this mold. They have new stickers on them that say "Eclipse Casinos" and either £25 or £100 on them. Identified as from: Mobile fun night casino, based in Southampton, UK. Click here for a picture of them. $5.00 each.
As of October 2015, the mold is still being produced in Maine at Classic Poker Chips company, a company that took over from Atlantic Standard Molding in 2013-2014. All their molds can be seen here. The mold is licensed for use in Nevada as of 2014 onwards.
MERMAIDS -- 4 mermaids reclining. Recent mold, still in use. Made by RT Plastics in Las Vegas. In 2004, I noticed this variation at the Gamblers General Store in Las Vegas. It is the chip on the right here. (Note the inside circle and the elongated small circles.)
The comments in MD-69 Dragons, above, apply here, except that the Mermaid chips are more substantial 7 gram chips, are injection molded, but have a more clay-like feel..........The red chip at the left (Gulf Coast Dealers School) is for sale here.
|MD-72||FLOWERS -- flower with stem, repeated 12 times. c.1940-c. 2004. George & Co., Buffalo NY. They have apparently moved to Naples, Florida, and just sell dice now. Click here to see their new web site. ............The chip pictured, for sale here, is unattributed.||$3.00|
||DOLHPINS -- a
dolphin, repeated 4 times. Relatively modern 21st century chip.
Injection molded, but it is probably of a nylon composition
(not the usual plastic); fairly heavy; makes a nice dull thud when
it bounces on a table. I don't know who makes or owns the mold.
The chip pictured is from Jim Follis. The Arizona Club was
an Indian casino in that state. ....... ........ ........ I have plain
(no hot-stamp) samples of the chip for sale in brown and gray.
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