Age Coins

I was in Holland on Monday and I had a very nice time.

One of the odd little things that caught my eye were Age Coins. I’ve never seen these before and thought they were a lovely, simple solution to a problem.

Vending machines are a really easy way for kids to buy cigarettes, which is a bad thing. So in Holland if you want to buy cigarettes from a vending machine, not only do you have to put money in, you also have to add an age coin (which you can get from a shopkeeper or a barman once you’ve proved your age).

Of course it’s not foolproof, but it puts a hurdle in the way.

And I liked the design too…

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