Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Hispanicus, May 10, 2015.
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No insult taken, a very valid question. It feels real in the hand, but it is out of my area of knowledge. I also ran the Latin inscription through google translate (not the best system in the world) and found that the obverse says "LOUIS XVI KING OF FRANCE DEAD" and the first two words of the reverse says "LOVES GOLD". I would assume it is a post mortem issue.
The Biographical Dictionary of Medallists by Forrer lists three jetons produced by the Lauer family - one in 1790, one in 1791 and one in 1793 upon the death of Louis XVI.
The images you posted are very crude, so I'm guessing that they are fake.
You nailed it. Thanks for clearing up the mystery.
The use of jetons dates back to about the 11th century in Italy. Merchants used them as counting aids for customer purchases much like the Chinese used the abacus. Their popularity soon spread to other European merchants. Eventually, jetons were used for scoring in table games.
Jetons were usually produced by private mints for townships and other jurisdictions but not by any country. Jetons are known to be smaller than 38mm, and they did not have any monetary value.
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