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Hello all, I'm looking for an alternative to quarters for a routine. I'm using the flying coin cups but would like to use coins which look more exotic or mysterious.
Since the apparatus is machined for a quarter size and thickness would need to be similar.
Let me know if you have anything you use or have seen you think would fit my needs.
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Both are sold out on Kainoa's site but you can try elsewhere to find the coins.
http://www.magicofkainoa.com/shop/japane......ermaster
http://www.magicofkainoa.com/shop/icelan......ermaster

I got some of the Japanese coins from my son who was stationed in Japan at the time. I don't know if either are exotic or mysterious but they are "different".

I would suggest this coin from Copeland Coins as it is both mysterious and exotic and comes in quarter size (as well as half dollar and dollar size).
https://www.copelandcoins.com/collection......om-coins
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Perfect, thank you
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I second the nomination for the Japanese coins. They're 10 yen coins, if you want to Google them for more visuals.

They're only verrrrry slightly larger than a quarter, and just as slightly thinner. I use them in my Johnson Products Stack of Halves, which was designed to hold quarters, and they fit just fine diameter-wise, so hopefully they'll fit your flying coin cups equally well. (I wanted coins that contrasted more with silvery half dollars, and these fit the bill. The color is obviously darker, and the hole is a nice touch.)

Being slightly thinner than a quarter, I find that six of them will fit inside the Stack of Halves, whereas only five quarters will fit in it. So you might also get to add one extra coin/phase to your cup routine (should you care to).

And they're cheap. I went to a coin shop, rummaged around in their "junk" boxes/bins, and picked up six of them for just a quarter ($0.25) apiece. If you shop for them in person, take your cups, just to ensure a good fit.
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Here's something you may not have thought of, and they're easy to get- Susan B Anthony dollars! Slightly larger than a quarter, they were minted between 1979-1981. They were a failure for the US mint as people too easily confused them with quarters. So today they are an interesting curiosity, not exactly exotic but interesting. Many banks still have rolls of these just sitting in drawers. For that matter, you could also look for Sacagewea (sp?) gold dollar coins, similar sized to the SBA's.
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Along a different line, go to a local coin shop - they will have many different coins that you could get cheap
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Here's a couple of suggestions.

1. I am not sure if these are still available. It's been a long time since I was at a Chuck E Cheese, but they used to have brass colored tokens that were the same size as a quarter. Exotic? I guess it depends on your perspective.

2. Search Ebay for quarter sized casino tokens. Probably not that mysterious, but they are quarter sized. Lots of different kinds.
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I love the Chuck E Cheese tokens, I also came to suggest gaming tokens. They vary from place to place but typically video game arcades, go-kart places, batting cages. Place slike this will typically use tokens that are roughly the same size as a quarter but have that flashy "gold" finish.
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Just a follow up on this post. I purchased a set from Copeland Coins as Poof-Daddy suggested. They are terrific looking. They are a bit thicker than a quarter so they didn't work out for the flying coins as I had hoped. I will work on another routine using them because they are just too good looking not to.
Maybe something in an Okito box or something similar.
I highly recommend the coins and the service from Copeland was stellar.
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UK half penny.
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For what it's worth (pun intended) I like an Irish half penny for SB with a quarter. May be too big for your purpose but in general it works okay. And it's cool. Has a harp on it.
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Repeating John Long's post. Go to a coin shop. They usually have bins of "junk" foreign coins. I have enough English pennies to last multiple lifetimes. Bring a STRONG magnet. You can find a wide variety of magnetic coins. I say strong because it it easy to just run the magnet in the bin to find everything that sticks. (But they will typically also have a strong magnet). They will sell by the pound...
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