But fascinated with this Jeton/token I picked up a couple of weeks ago struck in the time of French Emperor Louis XIV in 1681, he thought it necessary to re-produce Temple of Janus propaganda for the French populace to ease tensions after 30 years of war culminating in Strasbourg being annexed to France after a bloodless surrender. 65 AD 1681 AD Catalog: Feuardent 12708 Material: Brass, Weight: 7.3gm. Diameter: 27.00 mm LOUIS XIV - Alsace Propaganda jeton struck in 1681 to celebrate the surrender of Strasbourg. On reverse: the temple of Janus, closed, to mean it is now peace time. LegendsLOUIS LE GRAND ROY DE FRANCE IEN AY LA CLEF (='j'en ai la clé', i.e. I keep its key) Uneven color on reverse. A brief history of Strasbourg below......... The first traces of permanent human settlement on the site of Strasbourg date back to 1300 BC. The Celts developed a city there towards the end of the 3rd century BC and named it Argentorate. Julius Caesar’s Roman troops reached the shores of the Rhine in 58 BC and built a fortified military camp near the city which they renamed “Argentoratum”. Around 20 AD, a growing population of almost 10,000 saw the small city get promoted to the rank of military colony, and this was the retreat at each defeat of the Roman army in the regions on the other side of the river. In 260 AD, the Romans left Germania and Argentoratum became a border city once again. in September 1681, Strasbourg surrendered to Louvois, without so much as a single cannon being fired, quite by surprise and at a time when there were no hostilities. Alsace and France were definitely reunited. At the surrender of Strasbourg, Louvois (minister for war and responsible for governing Alsace) had agreed to respect the rights of Protestants, as was stipulated in the treaty of Munster. However, when the catholic mass was celebrated anew in Strasbourg cathedral in the presence of Louis XIV, this symbolic act was done deliberately to show the inhabitants that their town was no longer a Protestant stronghold. Interestingly there were a couple of other coins in this period touting the Temple of Janus one 20 years earlier. Temple of Janus with closed doors; on the architrave, GAL.M.F. (= the Kingdom of France at Peace ).NETHERLANDS, The Dutch Republic. Amsterdam . Plaquettepenning, or Hollow medal (Silver, 69mm, 68.80 g 12), on the Peace of the Pyrenees between France and Spain; And one 16 years later. Peace of Ryswick, silver medal, 1697, by R. Arondeaux, the emperor Leopold I, Louis XIV of France, William III of Nassau, Carl XII of Sweden before the temple of Janus, a burning altar in front, caesa firmabant foedera porca., rev. view of the palace and the gardens of Ryswick surrounded by arms of the countries involved, 45.99g, 49 mm, (MI ii 453), toned, extremely fine. Would love to see any French Jetons/Tokens or Temple of Janus coins. Or anything related.