VERY RARE TO FIND IN THIS EXCELLENT CONDITION!
Specially minted magic tokens and coins have been a part of magic acts for well over 150 years.
Many famous magicians have used them, especially magicians who specialized in palming and manipulation.
Others sold them to fans and collectors or gave them out as souvenirs.
Many of these tokens are very collectible, and some are now extremely hard to find.
Here's your chance to own a piece of magic history!
This coin was sold by August Roterberg's magic company around 1925.
The coin features a winged goddess (MAJA) in a crown, and she is holding a wand in one hand, and pouring stars into a top-hat.
The lettering reads "MAJA Goddess of magic MAJA" with the initials A R" on the bottom.
August Roterberg (1867 - 1928) was born in Hamburg, Germany and emigrated to the United States around 1883 as a teenager.
He started out selling magic by mail order, and then opened a magic store in Chicago.
It was housed in the lobby of the Palmer House Hotel.
Not only was he a well-known magic shop owner, but he was a major publisher of magic books for the magician.
In fact, his books were the first in English, written expressly for magicians.
He sold his mail order business in 1908 to Ralph W. Read and his shop to Arthur & Carl Felsman in 1916.
Roterberg is also known as a magic inventor and is credited with inventing the "Multiplying Billiard Balls" trick.
After selling his magic shop, he retired to California, where lived until his death in 1928.
This coin was issued both as a collectible and as a palming coin.
It is approximately the size of a U.S. half dollar coin.
As can be seen by the photos above, this was an especially thin palming coin, a very desirable kind of coin for working magicians.
For magic token collectors, this coin is listed by Kuethe as MT285.