A. Duseaux Jeton, Paris, Circa Late 1800s-Early 1900s


French jeton by A. Duseaux of Paris, circa late 1800s, 1" in diameter, aluminum. Please note surface wear in the form of scratches to the face and reverse of the jeton as well as damage to the "n" in "un." The translation is "fortune hole, token for a lot."

Jetons were considered "monnaie jeton de nécessité," meaning they was issued in emergency as a means to supplement the national currency. In the Middle Ages in Europe, jetons were used most often as counting tools.

The jeton as emergency currency was most popular from 1914 to 1927 in France.

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