GERMANY lead plaque 18th century?


GERMANY, plaque, no date, (18th century?), Obverse: ancient looking figure standing R holding cornucopia in left arm, right hand on shield at feet, Reverse: rough convex blank, lead, 22.5x17mm, 7.51g, I’m sure this is not ancient & guess it’s 18th century or later, VG

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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.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest, often a reward for something, often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”