Ian Posted March 19, 2009 Report Share Posted March 19, 2009 OK, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I don't expect this particular jeton to ring bells for everyone. Numismatically this one is interesting due to the cuds both obverse and reverse, one nearly completely obliterating the `De'. The dies obviously didn't have much life left in them. The Montpellier jeton itself is difficult to find. The obverse design was used on a number of jetons for other locations and gives the impression that `the' jeton is quite common. This is certainly not the case for Montpellier When researching this one I came across the Statutes of the Medical Society of Franch-Compte (established in 1844). Interestingly article 78 of the Society states that members will receive an attendance fee (in the form of a jeton de presence) for each of the monthly meetings they attend. For each public meeting they fail to attend (for any reason) they have to give back one attendance fee (jeton) and no excuse would be acceptable (presumably even death). The article also states that the attendance fee (jeton) carries a value of 1 franc. So, although neither `currency' or `token' this particular jeton de presence carried a notional value of 1 franc back in 1844/5. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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