Thursday, April 17, 2008


In 17th century England,

coffeehouses minted metal or gilded

leather tokens for patrons to use because

the government's coin supply was so small.

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pretty as you feel

- jefferson airplane



13 comments:

Kurt said...

I don't feel all that pretty.

d. chedwick bryant said...

me neither, but thanks for cheering me up.

Coffee Messiah said...

kurt: I don't believe it!

dcb: You're certainly welcome!

Chedwick University said...

maybe we should look into coffee coins on campus.

dennis said...

Dennis always speaks up but his humans are hard of herring. Leather coins... gilded! can you imagine what one would be worth today?

Coffee Messiah said...

ched u: Sign me up......

dennis: Like "trade beads" I wouldn't mind running across one or two. Unlike trade beads which you can find if you look hard enough, I don't think any of the coffeehouse coins survived! ; (

See link: All About Trade Beads

robin andrea said...

Heard about that earthquake. A 5.2 is a pretty good shake.

Interesting photograph.

Coffee Messiah said...

robin: Ha, it was nothing like I experienced all those years in the Bay Area! It felt/sounded like someone was running lightly back and forth in the house. Weird, not even wall pictures moved....

dennis said...

Dennis worries....you had a earthquake???

Larry said...

Sounds like modern day America is looking more like 17th century England, as those same type of coins will be used to shop at one of the few remaining coffee shops, once the economy finishes its fall.

Coffee Messiah said...

dennis: A mere trembler in these parts. By all the talk, you'd think it was the great quake of '06! ; (

larry: You know what they say, once you're this far down, the only place to go is up again! ; ) We can only hope!

annie said...

coffee... YOU know from earthquakes, for sure.

oh, and my dad's boat was a wodden 38' dasher class. so was my grandfathers. both boats were berthed at sausalito yacht harbor. my grand dad's was there for at least 20 years. they were both memebers of st. francis yacht club. one day, while hanging out at the boat, i saw crosby and stills walk past.(i was 13, and thrilled!) their boat, the maya was kept near ours.

remember village fair, across from the harbor? my g'parents lived atop sausalito blvd.

Coffee Messiah said...

annie: While living in Sausalito, I knew those places well. I was sorry I never was there when Alan Watts and all the artists were there. Shel Silverstein spent time on a boat there also!