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1754 NON INFERIORA METALLIS Franco-American jeton. Silver. Betts-389, Breton-514.

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1754 NON INFERIORA METALLIS Franco-American jeton. Silver. Betts-389, Breton-514.

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SKU: 40013002

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1754 NON INFERIORA METALLIS Franco-American jeton. Silver, 28.5 mm. Betts-389, Breton-514. Choice Very Fine. Reeded edge. Struck in coin turn. One of the most popular types in the Franco-American jeton series, depicting a beaver busily working on his dam with a legend that translates "not inferior to metals," a 18th century summation of beaver fur being as good as gold. This is a very attractive early striking, with deep gray surfaces showing some lively toning highlights and hints of peripheral lustre. Evenly worn but showing only the most minor contact points. The Franco-American jeton series was undertaken to promote settlement in French North America at a time when it was becoming painfully obvious that the relatively small population of the colony made it susceptible to British conquest. In 1754, that process was begun when young George Washington single-handedly started the French and Indian War; six years later, the whole of Canada was flying the Union Jack. This short coin-like series is an accessible entry point into French and Indian War medals and the entire Betts series.

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 40013002

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1754 NON INFERIORA METALLIS Franco-American jeton. Silver, 28.5 mm. Betts-389, Breton-514. Choice Very Fine. Reeded edge. Struck in coin turn. One of the most popular types in the Franco-American jeton series, depicting a beaver busily working on his dam with a legend that translates "not inferior to metals," a 18th century summation of beaver fur being as good as gold. This is a very attractive early striking, with deep gray surfaces showing some lively toning highlights and hints of peripheral lustre. Evenly worn but showing only the most minor contact points. The Franco-American jeton series was undertaken to promote settlement in French North America at a time when it was becoming painfully obvious that the relatively small population of the colony made it susceptible to British conquest. In 1754, that process was begun when young George Washington single-handedly started the French and Indian War; six years later, the whole of Canada was flying the Union Jack. This short coin-like series is an accessible entry point into French and Indian War medals and the entire Betts series.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 40013002

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