17th Century Token François Raimbauld, Mayor 1696
Very fine condition, good patination.
- Item # 483839
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A rare opportunity to acquire a post-medieval, 1696 French token for François Raimbauld, Mayor. It is in very fine condition with good patination for a token over 300 years old.
Writing on the obverse: FR. RAYMBAVLD. DE. LA. FOVCHERIE. EQS. MAIOR. PERP. AN. IIII.
Writing on the reverse: .ANNONA - RESTITVTA. The reverse shows a standing woman leaning on what seems to be a rudder with her left hand and holding a sheaf of corn with her raised right hand, in the background the sea. Inscription below the emblem - year 1696
These are not stock images; they represent the actual antique token you will be receiving.
Weight: Approx. 5.73 grams, diameter: 2.6cm.
About 16th - 17th Century Tokens
A counter token in the 16th or 17th century was a small, typically metal, disc or token used as a form of currency or exchange within a specific locality or community. Counter tokens were issued by private individuals, businesses, or local authorities to address the shortage of official coinage or to facilitate trade and commerce in a particular area.
These tokens were often used as a substitute for official coinage, which might have been scarce or in short supply. Counter tokens could have various denominations and were typically accepted by merchants and traders within a specific region where they were recognized. They often featured the issuer's name, location, and sometimes a denomination or design that represented the business or trade.
Counter tokens played a crucial role in local economies and helped keep the flow of goods and services steady. They were a practical solution to the problem of coin shortages and were widely used in England and other parts of Europe during the 17th century.
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