Great 1930's 4th Marine's Club Shanghai E. T. Riley 10¢ Token

Great 1930's 4th Marine's Club Shanghai E. T. Riley 10¢ Token

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ARTIFACT: Great 1930's 4th Marine Club Shanghai E.T. Riley 10¢ token. Edward Thomas 'Jackpot' Riley was known as the 'Slot Machine King of Shanghai'. After serving a short time in the US Navy, Riley was arrested and put in jail with a sentence of 25 years, but given privileges because of good behavior and allowed to play on the prison baseball team. During one of the games, Riley jumped a train and escaped back to Shanghai where he had first visited in the early 1920's. Upon his return, Riley began amassing slot machines and soon they were all over town. Notorious for his backwards dealings, the Shanghai Municipal Court issued a formal complaint against him for his gambling practices, upon his arrest it was noticed that his fingertips were partially burned off from acid. The partial prints were identified in connection with crimes in the United States and Riley awaited his day in court. When the day arrived, he dipped out during the proceedings forfeiting a 25K bail and went into hiding with Japanese and Korean gangsters. After only a few months, the Shanghai Municipal Court and Japanese police raided his hideout in 1941 and Riley was sent back to the US to serve an 18 month sentence in a maximum security prison. The token reads: "4th MARINE'S CLUB" on one side and "10¢ TRADE E.T.R" on the other.

VINTAGE: Circa 1930's

SIZE: Approximately _" in diameter.




ITEM NOTES: This is from a US Marine Corps collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAX15 LBHX5/15 GC-SBHX7/15

CONDITION: 8+ (Excellent): The token shows minor to moderate wear, overall handsome patina.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.