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Russia/Ukraine: Balta (Odessa region) Jewish community 3 Kopek bronze token, circa. 1880s; size: 17.5 x 19mm; weight: 1.8g. Obverse: number "3"; Ukrainian legend "??????? ??????????? ????? ?????" ['office boxed collection of Balta']. Reverse: swan image - Jewish tokens from the Odessa region all bear image of swan & identified by phrase 'office box collection', a reference to the community levy imposed by the 'Kahal'. The Russian government required Kahal-im to collect state taxes from their communities but permitted them to raise funds for community needs, these called "packaged collections" ('office box collections'). The levies were legalized in 1844. In better condition than most, with more of the swan's feathers & details visible.

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Russia/Ukraine Balta Jewish community 3 Kopek Swan tax

Estimate $350 - $660Oct 17
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Jerusalem, IL