Token: France Besancon 5 and 10 Centimes /Jeton / Notgeld 1917
It was wartime in Europe. Many cities and provinces, including the French city of Besancon, issued their own coinage because official issues were hard to come by. Such tokens (also called jetons) fall into the broad category of notgeld or emergency money. We have a general page about notgeld at this CoinQuest link.
The Besancon 5 and 10 centimes pieces are made of aluminum. They are relatively common today and a search on eBay or Google ('besancon centimes 1917') produces many hits and very reasonable prices. There are, however, reputable web sites such as Coin Archives and Numista, that claim these tokens are rare. So the 'jury is out' on the values of these items.
Based on CoinQuest research, we believe these tokens are plentiful and available in good condition. Our estimate of catalog value runs like this:
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $80
, Genre: Tokens
Requested by: bird, Fri, 11-Jan-2013 04:33:34 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-May-2013 13:05:17 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 30-Dec-2014 03:29:07 GMT
Requester description: 1917 1917. villa de besancon 10 cent. a groove from top right corner to bottom left corner on left side of line a tree and bridge. other side has bird.
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