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17th Century French Jeton of Louis XIII

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2001N36
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1639 - 1639


Jetons were used in the Middle Ages to make calculations in Roman numerals easier. A grid was set out on a table top, with the lines and the spaces between them representing different Roman
numbers. The jetons were then moved about on the grid, like the beads on an abacus. Jetons gradually died out in the 16 -17th centuries as the use of Arabic numbers became more common, but in France they continued to be made for a variety of officials into the 18th century.

Further Information

Reign:King Louis XIII of France
Production Period:17th century
Place of Origin:France - possibly

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Diameter:29 mm