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Porcelain token Martin Luther

Started by Sorin70, August 21, 2023, 08:20:35 AM

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Dear friends,

Being my first post on this forum I would like to greet all of you and I hope will share useful information and ideeas.
I'm a coin, banknotes, tokens, medal and badges collector of Romania.
I've just got a porcelain token with Martin Luther.
The reverse is identical with 1 Mark 1921 Eisenach but the obverse is diferent, text, denomination and years are missing, being replaced by 7 stars as in attaced image. The weight is of 5.67 g and the diameter is 31.7 mm.

Could you help me identifying this item ?
I would like to know if it is a token or a medal. Any further info or detail will be much appreciated.
I thank you in advance for your help.


For reference, here is the original. The difference is that Eisenach, the denomination and the date is not on your specimen.


I could imagine that an honest person, wanting to create a latter day souvenir copy of the original would either insert the word "copy" or at least leave the date out.

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


Just a guess here: The crossed swords were and are the symbol of the Meissen porcelain manufacture, so I am pretty sure that your piece was made there too. The 1521 date refers to the year when Elector Friedrich had Luther "secretly" brought to the Wartburg which is near (now in) Eisenach. Now the Meissen porcelain pieces were notgeld anyway, and maybe they made the same pieces, just slightly modified, later as well – as commemorative medals. The central symbol on both pieces is the Luther Rose, and I suppose that such medals were sought after even after the end of the notgeld and inflation period.