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« on: September 03, 2019, 09:25:12 PM »
On this piece we can see the legend, “ACCADIA BONAVENTURA” around what I assume to be the denomination “L.3”, these legends are all incuse. The flat reverse has been stamped “A” and “B” after striking. The piece is Brass, has a diameter of 30.5mm and a plain edge. It is flat enough to have been a machine token. “L.3” would suggest an Italian denomination. It is quite a long time ago that 3 Lire was worth much in Italy – at least 50 years ago.

Where was this used and what was it used for? Can anyone help?

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 05:52:07 PM »
Accadia (with cc, rather than c) seems to be an Italian geographical name, while Bonaventura is more like a personal name, that occurs as a family name as well as a first name in several countries. Can't think of a more credible solution than Italy, but the denomination is odd. L. 3 could conceivably be liters.

The flan was made by pouring hot metal on a heat-resistance surface, like stone and flattening it. That is not a way to mass produce and it will give various sizes, thicknesses or both, so I can't believe it's a game token. The lettering looks like it was produced with a single die, which is odd, because a cast flan risks crumbling under the force of the die. Maybe the object that flattened the hot metal pressed the letters in the metal?

The token seems to be a country hick production and the Italian town of Accadia is not really a metropolis, so the token could well have been used in agriculture . An obvious candidate would be olive oil production. In fact, an olive oil press could have been used to make such a token. An olive wood0-fired stove could melt metal.

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