Updated: December 09, 2004|
This is a nice Mardi Gras doubloon with the theme "Voyage to
the Bottom of the Sea." It is from the Krewe of Atlas and
their 1980 parade.
For those of you who don t know, Mardi Gras doubloons are
brightly colored aluminum coins about the size of a silver
dollar. They are thrown by Krewe members from Mardi Gras
floats. Doubloons usually have the symbol of the Krewe on the
front along with the date the Krewe was organized, the back
side usually has the theme for that years parade as well as
the date. Each Krewe may have a number of different doubloons
for each years parade. Usually the silver ones are the most
common, followed by a range of colors from red to gold. Some
Krewes mint real bronze, silver and even gold doubloons,
however these are very rare and seldom put up for sale.
Many Mardi Gras doubloons are fairly rare outside of New
Orleans, and many are rare even in the city. They make great
inexpensive yet unique collectibles or gifts.