INDIA, ramtanka, (1930s)

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INDIA, ramtanka, no date (1930s), Obverse: Rama & Lakshmana standing L, imaginary date 1700, Reverse: Rama & Sita seated on dais, attendants flanking, Hanuman below, silver washed brass, 28mm, 12.2g, B-R9, F

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The heyday of Indian temple offering tokens seems to have been the 1930s. This one is older than that.

Religious offering tokens have been common in various places at certain times. The catalog used here is A Guide to the Temple Tokens of India, by Irwin Brotman. The heyday of Indian temple offering tokens seems to have been the 1930s. This one is older than that.

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.