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recently picked this up in an 8 coin lot on ebay.




all i know is that it is alexander I, probably from the early 1800s, probably minted by the laurel family.

i did not find a bramsen # or any other information (i do not have access to micheal mitchiners catalog). i did find similiar alexander tokens but nothing on this particular version.


i did find an interesting related coin



interesting in that the legend is exactly the same for both (right down to the strange E's in the legend), but this one has the bust of napoleon, but with out the L mint mark. (seems like a lot of info on napoleon but not so much on alexander)


can anyone share some more information / history on this token (the alexander version)?


what sort of value might it have? (i am more interested in story/history, ie why was it issued, what it was used for etc, but it doesnt hurt to know what its worth!)


thankyou in advance

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http://www.napoleoni...ins/br-1543.htm Bramsen #1543. Jeton, 23 mm. — Inédite; collection de l'Ermitage No 6627.



http://www.napoleoni...oins/br-342.htm Bramsen#342




Jetons were originally used for accounting, later they were used for political propaganda, as game counters, or like these, a cheap form of historical medal for collectors.

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They are a bit of a niche market, compared to coin collecting.


Generally you can buy them on ebay for a few dollars up to $20+. The one you have of Napoleon, which according to Elverno's site is extremely rare, could go for more seeing as there are lots of collectors of Napoleonic medals.


I usually pay about $10 for this type from ebay.


If you scroll down to Plate IV in the book that I linked you can see pics of the Napoleon 1804.

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A belated Welcome to Coinpeople Wade(I was quite busy last night, sorry), I should have told you that the Alexander jeton was issued in 1814 for the allies victory over Napoleon & the end of the war. The german means peace & happiness.


There were ones struck, using the same reverse, for all the allied leaders & some of the generals, many diferent reverses were also used to commemorate the event.


The reverse was previously used in 1804 to commemorate Napoleon's coronation.


These small jetons are great historical objects, it is a good area of exonumia collecting & relativelly inexpensive.

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