In the age of the internet and advanced telephony, dominated by smartphones, tablets and so on, technology has made such progress that it has totally changed our approach to communication in a few decades. Until a few decades ago, even just owning a mobile phone was much less obvious than it may seem today: most of the population used landlines at home or opted for telephone booths, which were powered with a telephone token or a pre-arranged card.
The telephone token
The telephone token, which was purchased at bars, tobacconists and betting shops, was used precisely as “cash” for telephone booths, and the longer a phone call was, the more tokens were required. These began to be supplanted by telephone cards, always used in booths, until the widespread use of mobile telephony which made tokens, cards and booths now obsolete.
Like coins, tokens also have a fair economic value.
How much can it be worth?
The tokens appeared in our country at the Milan trade fair in 1927: these were distributed to test telephone sets at the fair and bear the wording STIPEL (the ancestor of Sip and Tim) and can be worth from 70 to 90 euros.
Starting from the 1970s, numbering tokens were minted. These can have different values depending on the number stamped on them. The telephone token with the number 7905 was coined in 1979. If in excellent condition it can be worth up to 15 euros. The telephone token 7607, s in excellent condition, can have a value between 10 and 30 euros. The telephone tokens bearing the number 7704, if well kept, can be worth 50 euros each. Telephone tokens with the number 7304, in perfect condition, can be worth around 60 euros.
Definitely of greater value are the 6504, 7110, 7304, 7412, 7704 which have a value of up to 50 €.