1968 Coin Mardi Gras Krewe Of Iris "that's What I Like About The South" For Sale
Mardi Gras Krewe of Iris "That's
What I like about the South!"
This item is a
rare 1968 Mardi Gras doubloon, or coin, from the famous New Orleans Krewe of
Iris. The coin is gold color and depicts
the goddess Iris on one side and on the other a Riverboat on the Missisipi with
the words “That’s what I like about the South”.
Some signs of wear on the goddess side of the coin and the rim is a
little rough. Condition should be
considered good to very good.
Coins or doubloons
are made of aluminum, 1 1/2 inch or dollar size. Nice item to add to your
*** CONDITION OF DOUBLOON OR COIN MAKES
A ( BIG ) DIFFERENCE AND ADDS TO ITS VALUE ***
Founded in 1917, the Krewe of Iris is
the oldest and the largest of all female Carnival Krewes in New Orleans. Named for the Goddess of the
Rainbow, Messenger to the Gods, it maintains a global membership of over 900
organization's inaugural tableau ball was celebrated in 1949 and was the first
such event to ever be televised.
parading in 1959, the Krewe continues to strictly follow the traditional
Carnival parading customs, wearing white gloves and full-length Carnival masks.
goddess has been kind to us, to this date the organization has never cancelled
a parade due to inclement weather.
For the collectors outside of the New Orleans area, who are not familiar with
the Mardi Gras doubloon-coin-token or medal as some collectors may call them,
they were first made in 1960 by a die-maker by the name of H.Alvin Sharpe.
Since then they have been sought after and collected all over the world, for
their many themes, gods, sports, movie star and famous people, etc. The front
of each doubloon has the Krewe ( Club ) name and the back has the theme for
that year on it. Most of these doubloon-coins are ( 1 1/2 inch or dollar size )
and are made in different type medals, such as aluminum, bronze, antique
bronze, oxidize, heavy multi colors, dual colors, and some in .999 silver. The
aluminums come in different colors, silver aluminum, gold, green, purple, red,
blue etc. Some of the aluminum doubloons are thrown from Mardi Gras floats
during their annual parade during the Mardi Gras season in the New Orleans area. Others
are made to give to special friends at the parade or during their annual ball
as a favor. These doubloon-coins are becoming very scarce and hard to find, as
they are in demand by collectors all over the world. Hope this helps in describing
what a Mardi Gras doubloon is all about
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1968 Coin Mardi Gras Krewe Of Iris "that's What I Like About The South": $15