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Jetons were / are a token used as reckoning counters. They were also used as a money substitute in games, similar to casino tokens or poker chips. Most resembling coinage and if I am not mistaken, some were used as coins at times. I think jettons also refers to token used in more modern times in telephones and vending machines.

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Jetons were / are a token used as reckoning counters.

 

Hi, That seems to be the context in which they were discussed in the book - now can you tell me what a reckoning counter is? :ninja: Do you happen to know whether these early jettons feautured any sort of design or were they simply blank planchets (any pics)? Thanks for any info.

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They had all kinds of great designs from just basic geometric shapes, busts of rulers, religious scenes, you name it...reckoning counters were used for adding and subtracting and were used in calculation on a lined board (counting table) kind of like an abacus (early calculator).

 

here are a few examples of jetons:

 

counter.jpg

this shows a guy using a counting table and jetons.

 

ger-jeton-6.jpg

 

ger-jeton-4.jpg

 

and here is an example of a counting table they were used on:

 

Countingtable101102.jpg

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Beautiful - thanks for posting the pics! They are quite interesting as pieces of history. I wonder what the jettons that were found at the Jamestown Fort excavation look like. Apparently they found hundreds of them there - they may have been used as an early currency there. Regards, Erik

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