ITALY modern silver copy of Renaissance crown


ITALY, medal, 1992, medallic imitation of ducatone of Charles V, 1535-56, of Milan, D8304, with MCMXCII, hallmark, and 925 on reverse, Edge: plain, silver, 40mm, 30.01g, XF-AU

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In the 1980s and 90s many different kinds of fine silver imitations of old coins were made. Some of them are quite nice. Most, like this one, are marked as modern, but some were designed to be deceptive.

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.