Old Regime France and its Jetons

ns41Pointillist History and Numismatics
(Numismatic Studies 41)

by James E. McClellan III

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ISSN 0517-404X
ISBN 978-0-89722-362-1
Hardcover, xiii + 268 text pages, b/w figs.

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Non-monetary tokens known as jetons originated as counters used on medieval counting tables. In certain parts of France, the Low Countries, and German lands, they continued as such into the nineteenth century. The historical and numismatic interest in jetons stems more from what else they became, particularly though the end of the eighteenth century under the Bourbon monarchs, as perks of office for office holders in the burgeoning nation state of France, New Year’s Day presents exchanged among certain segments of society, and lagniappe handed out for attendance at meetings in town halls, regional estates, and learned societies. Jetons figured in the rites and rituals of the guilds and faculties; they were swag for general meetings of the clergy, and they served as calling cards for noble families. Decoding hidden messages became a parlor game for cognoscenti, and as “petit monuments” some jetons are miniature works of high art produced by the world’s most talented artists/engravers at the world’s preeminent mint. In this book jetons serve as microdots in a pointillist, longue durée account that paints a grand portrait of early modern and Old Regime France leading up to the French Revolution.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James E. McClellan III is professor emeritus of the history of science at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has published widely on eighteenth-century French science, scientific institutions, scientific publications, and science and colonial expansion. Decades ago, from his work on French academies, Jim learned of jetons de présence—little silver tokens handed out for attendance at academy meetings—and he began collecting jetons. Along the way he encountered an unexpected divide separating communities of historians and numismatists specializing in early modern and Old Regime France, and he decided to investigate. He came to see that through the lens of these tiny, almost trivial artifacts from the past, a vast panorama opens up on the whole of society and culture of France through to the French Revolution. This book is the result of that inquiry, proving once again just how contingent the course of historical research actually is.

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ISBN-13: 978-0-89722-288-4
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Contents:

John H. Kroll. A small find of silver bullion from Egypt

Elena Stolyarik. Scythians in the West Pontic area: new numismatic evidence

Helene Guiraud and James H. Schwartz. Engraved gems in the collection of the American Numismatic Society III: male deities and heroes

Sebastian Heath and David Yoon. A sixth-century tremissis from Psalmodi (Gard, France)

Michael Fedorov. New data on the monetary circulation of medieval Uzgend: coins from the Kashka-Terek hillfort

Joel J. Orosz. Joseph J. Mickley’s diary for 1852: an annotated transcription

Aleksandar N. Brzic. Yugoslav countermarks on Austro-Hungarian gold coins

Warren W. Esty and David Spencer Smith. A die study of some silver coins of Sinkiang, China

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Contents:

William S. Bubelis. An overstruck stater of the Cypriot kingdom of Salamis
Peter G. van Alfen. Herodotus’ “Aryandic” silver and bullion use in Persian-period Egypt
Peter G. van Alfen. A new Athenian “owl” and bullion hoard from the Near East
Paolo Visonà. Twenty-two Alexanders in Ann Arbor
Elena Stolyarik. Silver coinage of the Bosporan King Spartocus: the problem of attribution
Richard B. Witschonke and Michel Amandry. Another Fimbria cistophorus
Sophia Kremydi-Sicilianou. Multiple hoards of the second century AD from the sanctuary of Zeus Olympios at Dion (Macedonia)
Michael Fedorov. New data on monetary circulation in medieval Andūkān and Sheljī: coins from the Andizhanskoe and Kirovskoe vodokhranilishche
Eric J. Hanne. Death on the Tigris: a numismatic analysis of the decline of the Great Saljuqs
David Yoon. Counting tokens from the excavations at Psalmodi (Gard, France)
Oliver D. Hoover. A note on the typology of the St. Patrick coinage in its Restoration context
Christoph Rosenmüller. Silver merchants and assayers’ marks: the visita of 1729–1730 and the reform of the Mexican mint
Scott H. Miller. The ANS Lincoln Memorial medal: a reexamination
Pierre Atallah, Michael Kuntz, Renee Kuzava, Jennifer Ferguson, Vincent Iduma, and Mark Benvenuto. Elemental compositions of some of the Annamese coins of Emperor Thanh Thai via energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence
Jules Janick and Judith B. Santini. Street money: distribution and analysis
Peter G. van Alfen, Elena Stolyarik, Sebastian Heath, Michael L. Bates, and Robert W. Hoge. Acquisitions for 2003 and 2004 in the American Numismatic Society Collection

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