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Offline artsmith

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French Advertising Token
« on: September 08, 2017, 12:34:30 PM »
I am not sure what is being advertised. Any help would be appreciated.
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Offline bagerap

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Re: French Advertising Token
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2017, 01:28:32 PM »
Other examples here which may help:
http://wikicollection.fr/?p=11870

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« Last Edit: September 09, 2017, 09:47:45 AM by Globetrotter »
Ole

If you're interested in coin variants please find some English documentation here:
https://sites.google.com/site/coinvarietiescollection/home
and in French on Michel's site (the presentations are not the same):
http://monnaiesetvarietes.esy.es/

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Re: French Advertising Token
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 09:05:23 AM »
I think the non-addres parts of the obv and rev legends should be read as one: SOCIÉTÉ DU JETON PRIME POUR LA PUBLICITÉ, or bonus token for advertising enterprise. This would make it an advertisement for having the company Cyrnos make bonus tokens (in reality loyalty tokens) for your business. As the other variants in Bagerap's link show, the idea is the increase turnover/profit. Think of the product offered as a metallic variant of shop stamps.

The token's style is fairly recent, so the dates may well be correct. There still is a company called Cyrnos in Paris, and it is still in the North, so there may well be a connection. This company is a wholesaler in industrial and office supplies, the sort of enterprise this advertising token was aimed at.

BTW, looking at the different heads on the tokens Bagerap links to, it is likely that it was meant to be a symbol for Corsica. Some of the tokens have a "moorish" type head, yours is more like that of Sampiero Corso, reflecting the different theories about the origin of the head in Corsican symbolism. The name Cyrnos is of Corsican origin.

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Re: French Advertising Token
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 09:25:24 PM »
Thanks for all the information and links. Very helpful and much appreciated.

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