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Re: Dutch canteen and corporate restaurants tokens
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2019, 06:31:15 PM »
Merletcollege started as a dependency of Elzendaalcollege in the early seventies of the first millennium. It achieved independence by a merger with another local school and adopting the current name. It was originally on Grotestraat, with a dependency on Robijnstraat and in the nearby communities of Grave and Mill. The Cuijk school and its dependency moved to a new building on Katwijkseweg in 2017.

A nickel token, 11.5 gram, 31 mm, that could not be mistaken for an official coin due to its magnetism, weight and size. It looks like it was meant to stand in for a 2 gulden piece, so it must have been used in the Grotestraat location. The monogram is an M and its reflection, fashioned out of two Cs. The bird on the other side is of course a merlet. The text GOED VOOR EEN CONSUMPTIE means good for a consumption.

Merlet is derived from the French merlette (little blackbird) without beak or legs. The handicapped bird should be used only by noble families that participated in a crusade. There are seven merlets in the arms of the lords of Cuijk. The modern municipality of Cuijk uses the same arms.

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Arms picture source: svg by User:Arch - HRvA SVG is own work., Public domain, File:Coat of arms of Cuijk.svg - Wikimedia Commons
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Re: Dutch canteen and corporate restaurants tokens
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2019, 07:07:20 PM »
More on TCCEC here. The canteen tokens are harder to find than the coffee machine tokens. They look older also. I am showing the 10 cent (copper-nickel, 3.0 gram, 18mm). The 5 cent is the same size and shape, but bronze.

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Re: Dutch canteen and corporate restaurants tokens
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2019, 08:49:10 PM »
To a considerable extent, it was Bismarck's fault. He disliked the opposition, because it opposed him. ;) The opposition being catholic and Bismarck being protestant, Bismarck supported the Kulturkampf, the culture war, where the opposition was considered as nasty, un-german and *gasp* catholic.

Only such great thinking can explain why the sisters of divine providence, whose dangerous vocation it was to build schools and hospitals and orphanages, thought that it was a good idea to re-settle just across the German-Dutch border. The sisters continued their construction hobby there, and so, with the help of French sisters, miffed by being turned out of French education, the construction of the hospital of divine providence was started in 1908. Building must have been even slower than it is today, because the first world war intervened and the hospital could be opened only in 1927. The hospital was a success, but the name wasn't, so it was changed to Maasland ziekenhuis, after the river Meuse, Maas in Dutch.

The next tribulation was secularisation and better health. After a series of mergers, the hospital is now part of a health organisation. The hospital moved from the original building on Walramstraat in Sittard to a new one on Van der Hoffplein, where it is known as Orbis Medical Centre. Technically, that's in Geleen, but Sittard and Geleen had meanwhile been merged to one municipality, ingeniously called Sittard-Geleen.

There are tokens for 25 (brass, 20 mm, 3.4 gram) and 100 (copper-nickel, 20 mm) cent.

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Re: Dutch canteen and corporate restaurants tokens
« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2019, 09:13:58 PM »
Nijmegen got its university in 1655, only to see it close in 1679, after the city had been taken by the French. On re-opening, in 1923, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Catholic University of Nijmegen) was a typical product of segmentation. In 1943, the nazis closed the university, as professors and students refused to sign the mandatory declaration of loyalty to the nazi state. The university buildings suffered considerable damage during a massive bombardment of the city by the US air force on 22nd February 1944. The university re-opened once more in 1945. The faculty for mathematics and natural sciences (Wis- en Natuurkunde) was established in 1957. It was housed in a separate building, due to destruction in 1944.

Nijmegen's Mensa Academica (University table) was at first located in the Roland Society building, that also housed students on upper floors. In 1945, the Nijmegen Mensa was moved to a separate location on Oranjesingel. As the number of students grew quickly, Mensa moved back to its first location on Oranjesingel 42 in 1956 (photo: Google maps.) By that time, the Roland Society had moved out of the building. The Nijmegen tokens were probably used on this location. At last, in 1969, a new, dedicated building was opened in Galgenveld (gallows field).

The token (copper-nickel, 6.3 gram, 26 mm) looks like it served as a gulden. The logo is trompe l'oeil. No idea what the C and dot stand for.

In case you were wondering, the picture and table on this page still refer to the Nijmegen tokens, because I hope someone will start a WoT section on these tokens, so they can be copied over easily ;)

That's all I have folks (at least for the moment >:D )

Peter
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Re: Dutch canteen and corporate restaurants tokens
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2019, 05:24:10 PM »
I would like to add some information about the ASF/P tokens I found in the archive of the mint (Archief van 's Rijks Munt Utrecht). The tokens were ordered from the mint by "Albatros Superfosfaatfabrieken Pernis" on June 27, 1950. The order states that on one side these should be stamped with A.S.F. with P. below the S. 15000 pieces of Aluminium, the size of the zinc 5 cents coin (18 x 18 mm) and 15000 pieces in bronze the size of the zinc 25 cents coin (26 mm) were ordered. The intended use of the tokens is not mentioned. The price was  f 325 and f 465  respectively. The tokens were sent from the Mint on August 31, 1950. There may have been later deliveries of the same tokens but I have not checked this.

Obviously ASF/P is an abbreviation for Albatros Superfosfaatfabrieken Pernis.

The zinc 5 and 25 cents coins, together with the pre-war coins of this denomination, were taken out of circulation on 15 August 1950.

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Re: Dutch canteen and corporate restaurants tokens
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2019, 12:10:20 AM »
The Reply #19 is an interesting addition to the topic in Reply #6 above about the ASF/P tokens.
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Re: Dutch canteen and corporate restaurants tokens
« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2019, 02:22:46 PM »
Indeed. Start date 1950 and a strong indication that the square token is indeed 5 cent. Early, for a token in this category.

Peter
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