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Nuremberg, jeton with moneychanger, Wolf Lauffer

Nuremberg, jeton with moneychanger, Wolf Lauffer



Nuremberg, jeton with moneychanger, Wolf Lauffer

Period: 1580-1590

Reckoning counter, 'Rechenmeister / Rekenmeester' type (jeton de compte dit 'Au maître d'école' ou 'au comptable'), made by Wolf Lauffer, master jeton maker in Nuremberg (1554-1601).

Obverse: Money changer, seated at his counting table, RECHEN-MEISTER around
Reverse: Alphabet arranged within beaded border, R WVLF LAFER IN NVRMBERG around.

Diameter: 28,2 mm
Weight: 3,51 g
Mitchiner Vol I, 1431a

Article code: 19-2303

Available: 1


Price: € 45.00

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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 Wolf Lauffer I, master jeton maker from 1554-1601.
Many members of the Lauffer family were master jeton makers in Nuremberg. His four sons were also master jeton makers: Wolf Laufer II, Georg, Hans and Mathaus.

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