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    Sands $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip, Twelfth Issue, R-7, Circa 1967. Another building picture chip, this one very desirable with "H.N.O." on the inlay signifying the [Howard] Hughes Nevada Operations ownership of the Sands at the time of issue. Hughes was living as a recluse at the Desert Inn and tried to buy enough of the strip casinos to create a monopoly. Eventually, the gaming commission denied him further licenses thus thwarting his intentions.

    Previous to about 1998, there were about twenty of these chips known. Then a group of maybe 200 dug examples started turning up at online auctions; all were damaged and most not in collectible condition. This is a premium example, pulled off the table by a longtime collector before it saw much use, and preserved to be offered to a lucky new owner in this auction.

    Condition: Slight Used. Very slight, one of the best we've seen. Some tiny edge nicks as is commonly seen. Very slight bleeding of red on the inlay on one side only, less than what is usually found. There is a small red inlay spot, possibly from a piece of chip "dust" that adhered to the plastic inlay covering while it was being pressed over the printed inlay.

    For more information about casino chips, please read The Basics Of Casino Chip Collecting.

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