Obverse Design "AAIC" curved along the top. "NCO OPEN" across the middle. "MESS" curving along the bottom. Circle of beads close to the edge. Smooth plain raised edge.
Reverse Design A large "5" followed by "00" in smaller size. The top of the zeros is about even with the top of the "5". Under the "00" is "IN TRADE" in an oval block going across. Below the "IN TRADE" is a line. The line is about even with the bottom of the "1". There is a circle of beads close to the edge. Smooth plain raised edge.
Metal Brass. Weight Unknown. Size and Shape Round, 38.4 mm in diameter.
Dates Issued May 1970.
Issuer Atlantic Area Installation Command (AAIC) based in Fort Davis. Also used at Fort Gulick.
Mintage 1000.
Rarity Rare. Manufacturer Meyer and Wenthe. Other Catalog Numbers Asociación Numismático's F-12, Cunningham's CZ130d, Curto's SC237-500, Henkle's CZ 52 (photo) and Plumer page #1.
Varieties None known.
Function Mess token.
Population Count Three specimens in collector hands are known to me. I do not know of any recent sales.
Historical Notes Jerald Peterson reports that the clubs changed to the chit system after a period of using these tokens. At that time all the AAIC tokens on hand were dumped into Limon Bay off Colon, Panama.