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French tokens
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:04:44 PM »
Hallo gentlemen.
I have rather big collection of French tokens and I want to share it with you.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2015, 08:11:07 PM »
La Rochelle.
It was founded at Xth century. During XII and XIIIth century La Rochelle belonged to Order of knights templars. It was an important trade port. At the second half of XVIth century and at the first third of XVIIth century La Rochelle was the center of French protestantism.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2015, 08:14:33 PM »
Nice.
Popular Mediterranean port and resort. Population: about 352000. It is very expensive place of European tourism.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2015, 08:18:21 PM »
Amiens.
Ancient town and administrative center of the Province of Picardy. Population: about 132000.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2015, 08:22:07 PM »
Peronne.
District in the province of Picardy. The area - 1200 sq.km., population - about 80000.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2015, 11:33:33 AM »
La Rochelle.

Elie Rochelle 10.5. There is also a 5 centimes in this series. Engraver is Thévenon.

The entrance of the port still looks the same. Only the fishermen have been replaced by pleasure craft. The fish on the denomination side is a heraldic dolphin. In heraldry, it is used for the Dauphiné, but here, it is probably just a symbol for the sea.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2015, 11:44:48 AM »
Nice.

Elie Nice 10.4. There is also a 5 centimes in this series. Engraver is Thévenon.

This token was issued by the regional chamber of commerce. Such tokens were more trusted than those issued by shops and cafés. The caduceus is a symbol for trade. The cornucopia on the denomination side is somewhat strange, since it is normally filled with fruit and vegetables. The message of the two symbols together is "trade brings wealth". Appropriate for a chamber of commerce.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2015, 11:54:45 AM »
Amiens.

Elie Amiens 10.3. There is also a 10 and a 25 centimes in this series. Engraver is Thévenon.

Another issue of a regional chamber of commerce. Note that Thévenon did not include the ribbon and medals on the coat of arms. The city received these for its resistance in the first world war.
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Re: French tokens
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2015, 12:09:57 PM »
Peronne.

Elie Péronne 10.1. There is also a 10 and a 25 centimes in this series. Engraver is Thévenon.

Another regional chamber of commerce token. The arms may be a combination of four districts covered by the chamber, but I have only been able to identify the quarter below right, which contains the arms of the city of Péronne.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 05:20:00 PM »
Annonay.
Small town in Ardeche department (region Rhone-Alpes). Population about 18000.
10 centimes 1918, aluminium.

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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2017, 05:20:50 PM »
Herault.
Department in South France (province of Languedoc-Roussillon). Area: 6101 sq.km., population - 1062000.
25 centimes 1920.

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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2017, 05:23:47 PM »
Herault.
10 centimes 1922.

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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2017, 05:24:27 PM »
Herault.
5 centimes 1921.

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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2017, 05:26:50 PM »
Ham is a small town not so far away from the French-Belgian border.
10 centimes 1922, aluminium.

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Re: French tokens
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2017, 05:28:12 PM »
Marseille (main Mediterranean French port).
5 centimes 1916, aluminium.