FRANCE USA military token Laon Air Base


FRANCE, USA military, no date (1950s-60s), Obverse: OFFICERS OPEN MESS LAON A.B. FRANCE 5, Reverse: 25, upset rim, brass, 24mm, C-FR300c, spots, VF+

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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.

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.