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Tokens used for payments => Transport tokens => Ferry, toll road and bridge tokens. => Topic started by: Kushi on August 24, 2012, 10:52:06 PM

Title: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: Kushi on August 24, 2012, 10:52:06 PM
Kenneth E. Smith (1967) in his Unidentified section, page 254, lists the following token under Algeria.

Obverse: PONT AU CHANGE
Reverse: (Arabic numeral)
Brass, hexagonal 23 millimeters, solid

Any ideas? I've never seen the token or even a photograph.

Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: malj1 on August 25, 2012, 01:11:50 AM
Not seen, checked the Noble collection sale cat. not present. [there is one Algerian transport token listed from c 1861]

On that same page in 'Smith' the Ceylon token is a telephone token from 1942 so should be disregarded. [I have two]
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: Kushi on August 25, 2012, 07:31:02 AM
Would you be kind enough to give the Algerian token description? Is the W.J. Noble Collection catalogue online?

The Fare Box, 1969, page 88, noted the Ceylon telephone token as such.
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: malj1 on August 25, 2012, 07:44:29 AM
Here is a scan of the relevant item.

I don't think this sale is online - it was Sale 61 part B August 1999.

realised A$110
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: Kushi on August 25, 2012, 08:16:42 AM
Too bad the catalogers don't know some French. 1 JOURNEE is one day of work. Not a transportation token. Akfadou is a town in the Kabylie region of NE Algeria.
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: malj1 on August 25, 2012, 08:24:51 AM
I did not think to question it! have had a couple of problems with them previously.

At least I shall remember 1 JOURNEE now.
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: Figleaf on August 25, 2012, 05:43:51 PM
There is a "Pont au Change" in Paris (see Wikipedia.) However, the token described fits the period 1880-1925 and AFAIK there was no toll on that bridge in this period.

Peter
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: Kushi on October 12, 2014, 09:07:28 PM
The token appeared in the 2-3 April 2014 sale of DNW London, included with lot 1330. There was no explanation as to usage.
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: maxmissy on October 12, 2014, 09:38:22 PM
Very interesting
I would like to see the obverse ; is it available ?
I don't think there is any link with Algiers, but ....
My bet would be Paris " Pont au change ", but there is another " Pont au change " in Lyon
For the time being, I am diving in the net.......
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: Kushi on October 12, 2014, 09:47:03 PM
This is the obverse.
The reverse apparently carries an Arabic-language value. It is not illustrated. I have written the auction house.
Here is the lot that includes the Pont au Change token. Thanks to Kevin Akin.
http://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/catalogue-archive/lot.php?auction_id=306&lot_id=159678
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: maxmissy on October 13, 2014, 09:20:57 AM
No picture available for the obverse
Title: Re: PONT AU CHANGE token
Post by: Afrasi on November 09, 2014, 03:42:09 PM
The shape and probably also the diametre match the Egyptian 2 Piastres of 1944. So I would guess it is a token from there.