17th Century Counter Token - Hans Krauwinckel II 1632
Very fine condition, good patination.
- Item # 484055
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An exceptional chance to possess a post-medieval counter token produced in Nuremberg in the year 1632. Shown on the obverse is a soldier wielding a pike on the right side. Shown on the reverse is a unicorn facing right with its head lowered. In excellent condition with a pleasing patina. Hans Krauwinckel and his son produced a number of exquisite tokens throughout their lives during the late Renaissance era. This was struck by the son, Hans Krauwinckel II (1586 to 1635).
Inscribed on the obverse: .NEC .IGNI .NEC .FERRO .CEDO
Inscribed on the reverse: *NIHIL *IN *EXPLORATO*
Weight: Approx. 5.17 grams, diameter: 3.2cm (round altough irregular). These are not stock images; they represent the actual antique token you will be receiving.
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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