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Nuremberg, jeton of Louis XIV by Lazarus Gottlieb Lauffer

Nuremberg, jeton of Louis XIV by Lazarus Gottlieb Lauffer



Nuremberg, jeton of Louis XIV by Lazarus Gottlieb Lauffer

Period: 1663-1709

Obverse: bust of King Louis XIV, LVDOVICVS.MAGNVS.REX.
Reverse: Crowned fleur-de-lis shield; LAZA:GOTTL:LAVFFERS.RECH:PF:

Article code: 13-9713

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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.

This jeton is made by Lazarus Gottlieb Lauffer, master jeton maker in 1663, died 1709.
Many members of the Lauffer family were master jeton makers in Nuremberg. Lazarus Gottlieb and his brother Cornelius (master 1658-1711); their father Conrad Lauffer (master 1637-1668); grandfather Hans I Lauffer (master 1611-1632) to the first recorded Lauffer master jeton maker: Wolf (Wulf) I Lauffer (master 1554-1601).

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