Sex coins!

Nathaniel Christopher 11 Comments

So my brother Gino found some coins on the road recently.

“I thought they were loonies,” he said. “But when I looked at them I realized they were some kind of token…”

He found them in the community garden at Davie and Burrard. For those of you who don’t know Davie Street is Vancouver’s gay village. There are a few sex shops along the street and the tokens are probably for those little video porn booths. Does anyone have any idea as to what the heck these are?

Sex Coins found on Davie
Sex Coins found on Davie
I am a resident of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada who has blogged here for 20 years. I like to share my thoughts and feelings on my own online space. From 1998 until 2017 I worked as a journalist and I hope to use this website as an archive for all of my stories.


  1. I found one on my bedroom floor – the very same day my husband of 30 years came home with his shirt on inside out!

  2. I found like 20 of them in downtown Edmonton AB

    they are used at peep shows in the east side of Jasper ave

  3. I have one that belonged to my grandfather. he had gotten it while in the navy and thought it a fancy. it is quite different from the one in the picture, and its almost impossible to find out what “shop” each one went to, but they are for peepshows that were popular in the 60’s and 70’s. Now a Days people give them out as a joke or as a promise token of things to come. Some are quite valuable because of the history and or age. but the birth of them stems from the olden days of brothels and whore houses. (keep in mind that i do not mean the one in question in particular.)They were handed out like a coupon to some favoured customers and often used to place a bet in a game of poker. i would recommend looking into your public library for a token guide or trying to find a pdf of one on-line to find out more.

  4. Yes they are for those porn booth thingys. The porn booth thingys are called peep shows.

    You purchase the “tokens” and put then in a machine in a booth to watch porn. These booths have glory holes, so most guys go there to get some action. Usually blow jobs, but some guys have sex there too.

  5. Today when i was walking down Robson some guy ran up to me tapped me on the shoulder and handed one to me.

    Confused! I have no idea what it is an it seems like no one knows where they are from …

    But I think you are on the right path by thinking it is for those porn booth things.

    But how come no one knows? And they seem to be around only recently.

  6. i have been looking for someone else who has found 1. i don’t know why they came from. i found mine in Vancouver at the tourist attraction long swing bridge. there were all there coins tossed onto a fallen, halved log and i found mine nearby.

  7. i found one close to macdonald and 17th (in kitsilano) and another at a bus stop close to the burrard bridge which is kind of close to davie… i’ve got not idea what they are for

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