Nuremberg, 'Venuspenning' jeton by Jorg Schultes, dated 1555

Period: 1555

Nuremberg, 'Venuspenning' jeton by Jorg Schultes, dated 1555
Nuremberg, 'Venuspenning' jeton by Jorg Schultes, dated 1555
35.00 VAT margin scheme
Article code15-4201
Obverse: Standing Venus with drape, holding cup.
Reverse: Kite shield, quartered with a fleur-de-lys at 1 and 4, two chevrons at 2 and three horizontal lines at 3, floriate scrolls around, three stars below.

Weight: 2,19 g
Diameter: 32,3 mm
From the late 13th century to the end of the 14th century, purpose-made jetons were produced in England, similar in design to contemporary Edwardian pennies. Although they were made of brass they were often pierced or indented at the centre to avoid them being plated with silver and pass them off as real silver coins. Throughout the 15th century, competition from France and the Low Countries ended jeton manufacture in England, but this did not last long. Nuremberg jeton masters initially started by copying counters of their European neighbours, but by the mid 16th century they gained a monopoly by mass-producing cheaper jetons.

This jeton is made by Jorg Schultes, master jeton maker in 1515-1559.
Four generations of Schultes were jeton makers between 1515 and 1612, the last three all bear the name Hans. The Schultes family were the first to sign their counters.


Period Post-Medieval
Category Jeton/token
Material Copper (alloy)
Country Germany