FRANCE, nickel store card (1890s)


FRANCE, token, no date (1890s), Obverse: St. Hubertus kneeling R, praying, stag before, horse behind, STVS HVBERTVS ATORVM PATR, Reverse: AU NICKEL PUR on triangular cartouche, FABRICATION FRANÇAISE, 64 R. DE TURENNE, nickel, 20mm, 2.5g, advertising token, very crude, VF

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A metal fabrication shop in Paris that made jewelry and other objects. It or a successor of similar name still exists on the same street.

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.