MAT-FR.PA*

Jeton, Louis XIV

Paris, France

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Obverse: Portrait (Louis XIV) right. Lettering around, letters (conjoined) below portrait. Toothed border.
Lettering: LUDOVICUS · MAGNUS REX ·TB
Translation: Louis the Great, King

Reverse: River view: a townscape downstream of the island of the city, with Notre Dame, some of the spires of the fourteen parish churches in this area, the tower St Jacques and the dome of the Mazarine library. A bridge in middle distance, buildings all around, boats on river. Exergue is straight at edges then curved downwards in middle.
Lettering: LA VILLE · DE · PARIS

Engraver: Thomas Bernard

PARIS – MUNICIPAL: The municipal government of Paris was using tokens to its accounts, as all administrations. Over time, the account token function faded in favor of social representation function.