Longshot French (?) 1 Franc token

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by GeorgeM, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    This one is proving elusive to ID. Slightly smaller than a US quarter, the legend is a rather unhelpful "1 Franc" with the denomination curled under the number in a half circle. There are no denticles on the raised rim, and the surface appears to be silvered or antimony treated copper/brass. Obverse matches the reverse.

    It rang a faint bell and reminds me of canteen tokens issued during the first world war (like the NAAFI tokens issued to British forces for use in French facilities). The font & materials also seem similar to French notgeld from ~1920.

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  3. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    Hmm... Some Monaco casino/merchant tokens look similar in metal and type font,
    but I haven't been able to find anything very close. Coin not mine. I tried an
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  4. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    It has me stumped. I did find some pieces from Algeria that were similar.
     
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  5. Shaylee

    Shaylee New Member

    This might help received_765228000951837.png received_2703395063270144.png
     
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  6. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Hmm. I hadn't thought about searching French overseas possessions like Algeria. During the world wars, many of those departments likely issued emergency coinage.

    How many other countries also used the Franc denomination? Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Andorra, Lichtenstein, Cambodia, the Saarland, the Congo, Chad, & Cameroon come to mind. I'm probably missing others in Africa, Oceania, & the Caribbean.
     
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  7. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Any other thoughts?
     
  8. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    I gave it a good 30 minutes searching in French, sorry, no luck...
     
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  9. The Eidolon

    The Eidolon Well-Known Member

    I looked around a bit more. Most tokens are not anonymous, so that might help
    narrow down the categories a bit. Military base tokens and casino tokens should
    almost always have an issuer name on them, for example. From the anonymous
    tokens I could find, categories included:
    Vending machine tokens = jetons automatiques
    Consumer tokens = jetons de consommation
    Toilet tokens = jetons de toilette

    None looked that close, though. My French is nonexistent, so please excuse any
    poor attempts at translation. I think this is more likely to turn up on a French
    language token seller than on an English site.
     
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  10. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Hear, hear. There's not a lot to go on.
     
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