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Offline artsmith

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French canal token
« on: August 16, 2020, 10:22:17 AM »
Can anyone provide information about this token? Usage? 30mm. Silver.  BGENT stamped on one edge. Thanks.

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Offline bagerap

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Re: French canal token
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2020, 07:09:17 PM »
I believe this to be a Jeton de Présence. These would, in todays world be classed as Attendance Fees. In 18th and 19th Century France, directors of companies or syndicates were presumed to be wealthy individuals. It would therefore be an affront to offer money in return for their directorial efforts. Thus was born the Jeton de Présence, a piece of silver equal in size and value to a high value circulating coin.

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Re: French canal token
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2020, 07:53:52 PM »
Valentin Maurice Borrel (1804-1882) was a pupil of Barre, at the time chief engraver of the Paris mint. This is a project he did when still an apprentice. In 1831, Borrel became chief engraver of the Monaco mint. His specialty was portrait medals and his style natural and unflattering.

These medals were used for different purposes, ranging from identification (these were often holed) to commemoration and reward. In spite of the missing hole, my guess would be that it is an identification piece, because of the word ADMINISTRATEUR. This is a rank directly below deputy director in the French official hierarchy. The piece would have given the bearer rights, such as inspecting canal facilities.

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

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Re: French canal token
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2020, 10:40:16 PM »
Thanks all for the information. Not really a transport token, but related.

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