ARGENTINA, token, c. 1890-1910, LA ESTANCIA, brass


ARGENTINA, token, no date (c. 1890-1910), Obverse: LA ESTANCIA stamped incuse, Reverse: blank, oval, brass, 35x28mm, acquired in Buenos Aires, R-nl, not sure if these LA ESTANCIA tokens refer to a farm or farms or a hotel, a few small spots, cleaned VF

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The “R” catalog number refers to Latin American Tokens, by Rulau. While it lists thousands of items it is just skimming the surface of the Latin American token field. La Estancia was a business in Argentina that operated a number of haciendas.

A token is used like a coin but is not a coin. Rather, it stands for a coin without the value of the coin. Maybe its copper, but says its value is the same as a silver coin. Usually tokens were made privately, but sometimes governments got involved.

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins.I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government, 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending, 3. other things that we are interested in.