Most people know about Mardi Gras and the insane amount of beads that are thrown from parade float riders to the crowd. But unless you’ve been here, you probably are not familiar with another item that is thrown – the doubloon. Named after the Spanish doblón coin (New Orleans was owned by the Spanish from 1763 to 1803), many parading groups (called krewes) throw a commemorative aluminum coin, stamped with the group’s name and theme for that year’s parade. Pictured here are coins we gathered from Mardi Gras 2015 Rex and Endymion parades.
You can see examples of doubloons and their history here: http://www.ebay.com/gds/A-Guide-for-beginning-New-Orleans-Doubloon-Collectors-/10000000001264058/g.html