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Asimon Phone Token Pendant Set in Gold on Steel Chain with Gold Hardware



Eytan Brandes was born and raised in Israel, and when he was growing up, public telephones used tokens (called asimons) instead of coins. He has had a bunch of these tokens lying around the shop and always liked the mid-1960's issue best for its strong graphics, showing an old-style telephone dial on one side and a gazelle on the other. He's wanted to make asimon pendants for years and here, finally, is his first one, mounted in a polished 14 karat gold frame he designed specifically for these tokens. The asimon shown here was issued in 1966. The gazelle side has the year 5726 (1966) on top and the word "telephone" in Hebrew and Arabic below the hole. The dial side says "Israel Postal Company." The rigid steel cable wire choker is perfect with this pendant, and Eytan elevated it by adding a gorgeous 14K gold lobster clasp, harvested from an old bracelet several years ago. This round lobster has a cool Machine Age look that complements the coin. Note that the pendant can be removed from the chain for mixing and matching... Measurements: Pendant length (including jump ring): 30mm (1.2") Pendant width: 21mm (0.8") Chain length: 18" Chain thickness: 2mm Marks: The frame is not marked or signed but we guarantee it to be 14K gold. The lobster clasp is stamped "14K." By sheer coincidence, the clasp is also from Israel, as indicated by the lyre-shaped mark on the side (too small and light to show clearly in a photo). Weights: The lobster clasp and the connecting rings, all 14k gold, weigh 1.5 grams. The pendant frame and jump ring weigh 1.7 grams. The total gold weight is therefore 3.2 grams. The total necklace weight is 15.9 grams.


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  • Metal
  • Weight
    15.9 g
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.2 in. (30.48 mm)Width: .8 in. (20.32 mm)Diameter: .8 in. (20.32 mm)Length: 18 in. (457.2 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    The coin is weathered and scratched, and we haven't attempted to change that. The chain and pendant frame are new. The clasp is probably around 30 years old, but any surface scratches have been polished out.
  • Seller Location
    Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FD01721stDibs: LU1673110620542

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