ITALY coin weight late 18th century


ITALY, coin weight, no date (late 18th century), Obverse: crowned Bourbon Spanish arms, DOPPIA SPAGNA, Reverse: file marks, brass, 20mm, 3.36g, cut down to 1 pistole or half Louis d’or, Dieudonne-151, AU

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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.