Tokens of Panama
Fichas de Panamá
Tokens are privately issued coins used as a medium of exchange. They are issued
by private enterprises such as merchants, plantation owners or clubs. Sometimes
they may be issued by a part of the government, but in that case they are intended
for a specific use and not for the general public. An example would be the mess
hall tokens used at military bases in the Canal Zone. Tokens almost always have
a value on them, since they are used to buy and sell items.
refers to the mess, post exchange and other tokens used by the United States
military in bases in the Canal Zone.
refers to the merchant, plantation, mining and other
tokens of Panama and the Canal Zone. An interesting subset of the Panama tokens is
the Palo Seco set
issued by the Palo Seco Leper Colony. While including this set in the
catalog, I have added a
to discuss these tokens in detail.
The category Panama Name Tokens will be added in the future to cover all the
tokens from the United States and other countries outside of Panama which have the
name "Panama" on the token. This includes tokens from Panama City Florida, Panama
Oklahoma, Panama Billard Hall, Finca de Panama, etc.