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Home     Nuremberg, late Medieval "Dolphin" jeton de compte
Nuremberg, late Medieval "Dolphin" jeton de compte

Nuremberg, late Medieval



Nuremberg, late Medieval "Dolphin" jeton de compte

Period: 15th century

Late Medieval 'Dolphin' jeton, or jeton de compte "au type du Dauphiné", Nuremberg.

Obverse: Field quarterly with arms of France (three fleurs-de-lis) and arms of Dauphiné (dolphin bowed) in alternate angles.
Reverse: Field of France (multiple fleurs-de-lis)

Reference: Mitchiner, Jetons, Medalets & Tokens, Vol. 1, Nrs. 1043-1044a

Article code: 13-5918

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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 possibly being plated with silver and pass them off as real 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. At the end of the 15th century the earlier French Dauphiné jetons were copied in Nuremberg, production was destined for the French market. The first copies had a similar legend as the French jetons, gradually the legend became more fictitious. By the mid 16th century Nuremberg jeton makers gained a monopoly by mass-producing cheaper jetons.

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