VENEZUELA hacienda token (1920s)


VENEZUELA, token, no date (1920s), Obverse: ADMINISTRACION TROMPILLO 2 BOLIVARES, Reverse: toothed border, otherwise blank, bronze, 35mm, estate near Guigue, Carabobo state, R-Cbo10, VF

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The Hacienda Trompillo was owned by General Gomez in the 1920s. General Gomez was dictator of Venezuela from 1908 to 1935, when he died. He was President three times and put up puppets in between.

The reference used is Latin American Tokens, by Russell Rulau.

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.