GERMANY, countermarked coin, 1893 G


GERMANY, EMPIRE, countermarked coin, 1893 G, 1 pfennig, Obverse is countermarked A, with the feet made with oblong punches and the sides and middle bar apparently engraved, the Reverse has “1” deeply engraved, bronze, 17mm, VF on F

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Countermarked German coins of the 19th century are rather rare. This one is odd in that it is partially engraved,

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.