This token was issued by F.Piaggio proprietor of the Marine Palace, Margate circa 1890's and was found at the base of the Rendezvous car park after a storm in November 1993. The token is exceptionally rare and was issued by the Marine Palace as a weekly token to use Marine Palace facilities, very much on the same principle as the wristband worn today on holiday complexes abroad . The token is made of brass and has a 22mm diameter.
The Marine Palace was destroyed during the storm of 29th November 1897 when the sea defences failed. I found the token amongst other debris from the Marine Palace uncovered in the November 1993 storm. Like many of my finds during that period the token was donated to the Margate Museum collection