Other Items of Panama
Otros Artículos de Panamá
There are other items which are neither coins, medals, tokens or bills but
they are similar and appeal to Panama collectors as well.
refers to police and fire department badges for the Canal Zone and police, fire
and military badges for Panama. Panama's police force and military force for many
years were one and the same. Panama's current consitution does not allow the
formation of a military force, and instead there is only a national police force.
refers to small numbered pieces of metal issued as employee identification checks,
tool checks, dog licenses, hunting permits or other. The Isthmian
Canal Commission (ICC), the Panama Canal, the Panama Railroad and other enterprises
issued identification metal checks and various other metal checks. They are sometimes
referred to as brass checks, since most were made of brass. They usually are the
size of a silver Balboa or smaller and have a hole or loop to make them easy to
refers to Military and Commissary Chits of the Canal Zone. These were small
cardboard rectangles that acted as money substitutes at the Canal Zone commissaries,
cat military messes (cafeterias), clubhouses and Post Exchanges (general stores).
These chits usually came in booklet form, with booklet containing
$5.00, $10.00 or $15.00 of coupons. Each chit in a booklet has the same serial
number. They resemble older style theatre or carnival tickets.
are inexpensive circles of wood about the size of a half dollar
(or medio Balboa). The obverse usually has an indian bust or perhaps a buffalo.
The reverse is generally used for advertisement for a business or club, etc.
The background is usually left the natural wood color, but the design and legends
may be printed in one of several colors such as black, blue, red or brown.