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Offline Figleaf

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The numismatic history of Réunion
« on: June 05, 2017, 01:21:17 PM »
If you live on the island of Réunion and you collect coins, you have a problem. In its entire history, Réunion managed to issue about 20 coin types. Collect by date and you get a total of about 100 coins. Boooring! That is, until you start getting interested in what actually circulated. That brings in Spanish colonial silver, French generic colonial coins, French Indian coins, the obsidional 10 livres 1810 for the Iles de France et de Bonaparte, the Kerveguen counterstamps and some very scarce trade tokens.

If, for good measure, you add in paper money, you end up with a fascinating insight into the problems of an island that could not pay its own way, but had strategic importance to a government that holds "Cartesian logic" in high regard.

This is the premise of the anonymous and undated (1983?) booklet, misleadingly titled 1ère Exposition Numismatique de la Réunion, presumably because it was issued on the occasion of the exposition. It is not a catalogue, but rather a numismatic history of the island, with nice b/w illustrations from the departmental archives and a private collection.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Offline gerard974

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Re: The numismatic history of Réunion
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2017, 02:57:20 PM »
except 6 coins Louis XVI , Louis XVIII , and 3 differents years for Kerveguen ,i have all the values and all the years ,it is 54 coins .After like you say is very difficult to find on the island other coins and for the 10 livres (piastre Decaen) maybee from Mauritius island (beware of the copies) ' i know one people from Mauritius who sell.
best regards  Gerard