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1 Liard 1970
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:46:53 AM »
1 / LIARD / 1970
Uniface
5.9g
21.2mm
A set of three available on delcampe.
Liard, Sol & Ecu.  Supposedly from Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain (01)

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Re: 1 Liard 1970
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2017, 08:48:32 AM »
City archives of Bourg are available online here.

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Re: 1 Liard 1970
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2017, 09:59:40 AM »
Got a step further by finding a pic of the other side. The monastery of Brou is in the vicinity of Bourg-en-Bresse (where black-legged chicken come from :)) It looks like the pieces were inspired by a token for the poor and made for a local festival in 1970.

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Re: 1 Liard 1970
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2017, 10:15:40 AM »
More info found. In 1970, the last religious inhabitants of the monastery moved out. In the same year, the city of Bourg-en-Bresse established a "municipal service for culture" (OMC) with a mandate of i.a. organising an annual cultural event (doc 531 W1). This eventually turned out as the "rencontres de Brou". However, in 1970, funds were needed to fix up the place so that it could be used as a museum and for events.

The only 1970 manifestation I found was a theatre week (May 11-16, 1970). It doesn't look like a good candidate to have instigated this token, so my speculation is that it was used for fund-raising for the restauration of the monastery.

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Re: 1 Liard 1970
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2017, 11:08:57 AM »
Well done Peter !  ;D
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