Strange silver token

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Mountain Man, Sep 22, 2021.

  1. Mountain Man

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    Okay, I couldn't help myself. I bought more packaged, mixed, World coins and in a general sorting, just at the start of organizing them, I find this really small thing. Upon closer examination, I believe it may have been stamped on top of a silver coin, but can't really see any old details. It weighs just 1.4 g. It isn't completely round but measures approximately .62 inches and is paper thin. It is stamped 1977, so not that old, and on the other side it is stamped 925/k75, which I took to mean it was 92.5% silver. Is that correct?
    A quick search shows no information, but the design looks familiar. Sort of like "All One People" from back in the 60s - 70s.
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    Any feed back would be appreciated.
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  3. cplradar

    cplradar Talmud Chuchum

    That is the coin that went with Voyager. How did you get it?
     
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  4. willieboyd2

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  5. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Wow! Looks like you have something there, not sure what it is but I hope it's something good! thumbsup.gif
     
  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Appears to be a modern Sterling silver imitation of a medieval German hand heller.

    Check this out. (PDF file)

    Ah, I see @willieboyd2 beat me to the ID.

    But that PDF link I posted above points to a perhaps similar modern issue.
     
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  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    BTW, the resemblance to stick people is in this case merely coincidental. That's a cross, with pellets at the end of the arms (not sure of the exact nomenclature there).

    But yeah- it indeed looks like a bunch of stick people holding hands, now that you mention it.
     
  8. cplradar

    cplradar Talmud Chuchum


    It is a Black Plague design.. if I read it correctly
     
  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Well, the original hand hellers came out during that era of medieval history, yes.

    But I doubt the Plague had any influence on their design. Don’t think so, anyway.
     
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  12. Mountain Man

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    Thanks to both @willieboyd2 and @lordmarcovan for the links. Looks like I have a modern copy but stamped on silver for whatever reason. Odd. I'd like to know the story behind it, that's for sure.
     
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