GERMANY brass coin weight 1772


GERMANY, coin weight, 1772, Obverse: crowned Prussian arms, Reverse: EIN DOPPELT LOUIS D’OR PASSIR-GEWICHT 1772, Edge: olive leaves, brass, 26mm, 13.2g, slight crudities, spot, XF-AU

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I bought a collection of coin weights. All of the 17th and 18th century weights were brass, similarly thick, in varying grades, a few with corrosion, a few worn. Most were for gold coins of various countries. Most were in English, some French, this one is German. I’m inclined to think that all of them were made in England. The web is unhelpful.

The Germans have been fans of round, flat, shiny objects since the 2nd century BC, when they made imitations of Greek coins. Coin manufacture was deeply decentralized until the 19th century, extending to jetons and medals starting in the 16th century. Local tokens began to supplement the normally chaotic coinage situation in the markets from the late 17th century. Production of tokens and medals boomed in the 19th century, and was going strong into the 1990s.

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.