FRANCE coin weight late 17-early 18th centuries


FRANCE, coin weight, no date (late 17-early 18th centuries), Obverse: bust R, LVD XIIII FR ET NA REX WH, Reverse: 3 lis, 1 PISTOL W, brass, 19mm, 6.71g, S&M37, made in England, VG

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France has been a hotbed of numismatic activity since Celtic times in the 3rd century BC. People making their own coins (tokens, imitations, counterfeits) was a normal activity wherever and whenever there was a coin shortage. Keeping in mind, of course, in this coinless age, that coins were THE way people did business until the 20th century. In France they were using tokens in the normal, local way we think of tokens being used, from the 15th century.

We’re specifically referring to coin weights here. They were made and used from Greek times until the early 20th century. The purpose was to check the weight of gold and silver coins.

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.