Help needed with 18th century German token

Help needed with 18th century German token

Post by Oldbooks » Sun, 01 Mar 1998 04:00:00



I recently came across an unusual token, found during some ba***t excavation
work at an old house in Northern ***ia. It was found in the general vicinity
of an 1831 large cent. The obverse has a figure facing left, with the legend
"LEOPOL. II" and "D.G.EMP:G", which I assume is associated with Leopold II,
Emperor in Germany from 1790-1792. On the reverse is a village scene, with the
legends"RECH_ _ _" and "PFENING", and at the bottom of the token, "E.L.S.L."
The copper appears to be from a thin brass type material, and the obverse is
counterstamped "MC II". I looked up words beginning with "Rech..." in a
German-English dictionary, and found "Rechen" meaning to reckon or calculate.
Is anyone familiar with something like this? I'd appreciate any info or ideas.
Thanks, and beat regards.

Dave

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Help needed with 18th century German token

Post by Charles Dobi » Mon, 02 Mar 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> I recently came across an unusual token, found during some ba***t excavation
> work at an old house in Northern ***ia. It was found in the general vicinity
> of an 1831 large cent. The obverse has a figure facing left, with the legend
> "LEOPOL. II" and "D.G.EMP:G", which I assume is associated with Leopold II,
> Emperor in Germany from 1790-1792. On the reverse is a village scene, with the
> legends"RECH_ _ _" and "PFENING", and at the bottom of the token, "E.L.S.L."
> The copper appears to be from a thin brass type material, and the obverse is
> counterstamped "MC II". I looked up words beginning with "Rech..." in a
> German-English dictionary, and found "Rechen" meaning to reckon or calculate.
> Is anyone familiar with something like this? I'd appreciate any info or ideas.
> Thanks, and beat regards.

> Dave

Dave,

What you have is a Nuremburg token -- a general term applied to a large series of
counters produced by private mints, mostly in Nuremburg, Germany. They were used
as counting-house tokens, *** tokens, etc. Modern day poker chips and ***
tokens are direct descendants.

These tokens make a very interesting and fairly inexpensive series to collect. The
early
ones, c. 1500's are dated and have fairly good craftsmenship. Most are brass &
copper
but some are silver and I've heard of some in gold, probably produced for royal
counting houses.

There are a few books on the series -- the easiest basic one being O.G. Eklund's
book
(I believe it's called "The Tokens of Nuremburg" -- can't remember as I sold my
coin
library last year).

Cheers,
Charlie Dobie,