This is telephone token France 1937, can you no this token?

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by avi400, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. avi400

    avi400 Senior Member

    IMG_2597 CROP.jpg It is copper-nickel I think.

    Daiameter 18 mm.

    weigh about 3-5 grams.

    Can you tell me how much it worth?

    SEee pictures.
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  3. De Orc

    De Orc Well-Known Member

    Sorry to say that I have no Idea but I like it a lot :D Have you had a look on Ebay to see if there has been anything similar sold?
  4. cladking

    cladking Coin Collector

    It's not a rare one. Comparable telephone tokens generally go for a dollar or two.

    There are very few telephone token collectors so even scarcities rarely command a large premium but these are beginning toappeal to a much larger audience and the total number of all telephone tokens is low enough that they could someday get a fair premium. I'd be surprised that if you exclude Brazilian and Italian issues there would even be a million telephone tokens all together.
  5. moneyer12

    moneyer12 i just love UK coins.......

    i picked one up from a 10p box around 7 years ago.
  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball Cannot Re-Member

    What I find interesting about it is the recessed "slot" across the reverse. It makes me wonder how pay telephones of that era worked in France. How was the inner mechanism designed to accept these tokens? What is the denomination of this token? Were there tokens made in different denominations? Since it is dated, were the tokens struck by the Monnaies de Paris and could they also be used for everyday purchases? Were the French people able to use them in neighboring countries - Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Spain & Italy?


  7. chrisild

    chrisild Coin Collector Supporter

    Don't many telephone tokens have some kind of groove? I do not collect them (apart from a few Italian ones which years ago were used like regular coins) but here are a few: (note the link from there to this site.) The ones from Israel for example have a similar groove.

    As that French token has the cornucopia mark (left of the word PUBLICS), I guess it was indeed produced by the Monnaie de Paris. Don't think it was possible to use them outside the country ...

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