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Offline FosseWay

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Turkey: Galata Bridge token 20 para (1912)
« on: October 10, 2012, 06:46:27 PM »
Here's another from my Tin of Weirdness. In this case I'm less certain that the language is Arabic. I also don't know what the significance of the 20 is -- denomination? If so, what currency?

Any ideas welcome!

Edit: sorry, forgot dimensions: Brass, 19.0 mm, 1.62 g.
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Re: "Arabic" token 2
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 07:03:05 PM »
I think this is Turkish. Galata Bridge token.

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Re: "Arabic" token 2
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2012, 07:22:07 PM »
Excellent, thanks... presumably from before the mid-1920s when Turkey converted to the Latin alphabet, but do you know how far before?

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Re: "Arabic" token 2
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2012, 08:11:19 PM »
Twenty para token from the Galata Bridge across the Golden Horn in Istanbul. Used from 1912. Tolls were abolished in the 1930's, but I'm not sure the tokens were used till the end. You can still walk the bridge for free.

For information see Rifat Kilar, Türk Numismatiğinde Jetonlar, Istanbul, 1989.

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Re: "Arabic" token 2
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2012, 10:17:34 PM »
Very helpful, thanks!

Moderator's comment: sorry for rerouting this all round the Wrekin -- blame my sausage fingers.

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Re: Turkey: Galata Bridge token 20 para (1912)
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2012, 11:56:17 AM »
See this thread for some more background on this token.

Peter
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