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Posted 5 years ago


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Today my Aunt found this coin in a jar full of other coins. She scanned it front and back for me to see. Neither of us have any knowledge of the origin of this coin... BIG MYSTERY. And the coin is super paper thin according to my Aunt.

Mystery Solved


  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Kevin, this is more your expertise so its up to you!
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    You must be more bored than I am! My truck is in the shop so I have an excuse as I'm grounded.
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Work is another 4 letter word that ends in "k".
  4. MelissaBu MelissaBu, 5 years ago
    One of my friends on facebook just let me know it is a Jeton Louis XVI "fountain" token. I looked on and numista says: Obverse; Lettering: LVD. XVI. DG. FR. ET NAV REX... Reverse; Water Fountain, Lettering: OMNIBUS NON SIBI IETTON. Country: *Tokens* (France). Year: 1791. Metal: Brass. Diameter: 24 mm. Engraver: Johann Christian Reich. We're curious of what the value of this coin may be.
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Interesting piece as that was in the 1st yrs of the revolution & anything of value was melted down(even paper-thin). Very well could be a scarce item. They used the guillotine in the town square about a mile from where I live.
  6. MelissaBu MelissaBu, 5 years ago
    I could try to zoom the pics and repost them

  7. MelissaBu MelissaBu, 5 years ago
    @ blunderbuss2...
    Wow! I'm on the phone with my Aunt right now reading what you wrote and it's totally blowing both of us away...
  8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Louis XVI was arrested by the Revolutionary Commitee in 1792 & executed in '93. Most symbols for the aristocracy were eliminated. Your's survived. I'm not saying it's worth anything, just a conjunction of history that makes it interesting.
    I drive past that "square" everyday without a thought to heads rolling down the street.
  9. MelissaBu MelissaBu, 5 years ago
    @ blunderbuss2... Thank you so much for the history on this coin.

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