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Nuremberg, jeton 'Winged Lion of St. Mark'

Nuremberg, jeton 'Winged Lion of St. Mark'



Nuremberg, jeton 'Winged Lion of St. Mark'

Period: 1500-1570

Anonymous Nuremberg jeton (rekenpenning), struck for the Venetian market.

Obverse: Winged Lion of St. Mark, holding Book of Gospels in forepaw.
Reverse: Imperial orb within a tressure of three arches and three angles.

Ref: Mitchiner 216

Article code: 14-2757

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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.

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