EL SALVADOR, copper token, 1915


EL SALVADOR, token, 1915, Obverse: MEARDI Y DEL’PECH 2 DE MAYO 1905, Reverse: MAURICIOS 1o DE JULIO 1915, rectangular, copper, 22x17mm, rectangular, 3.54g, all incuse, R-nl, Henkle-SA88/118, aXF

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Rulau lists another type, round, with this legend.

El Salvador is a small country with a small field of numismatic items to collect. The reference used is Latin American Tokens, by Russell Rulau.

El Salvador. There are a few countries that, in English, are said with a traditional “the.” Or, at least, used to be. “The” Netherlands, ‘The” Ukraine, “The” Sudan. We don’t say “The” Finland. In English, El Salvador is the only one we alphabetize with the Spanish version of “the.” Funny language, English.

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.