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Germany > Brandenburg: Joseph and His Brothers inflationary Jeton ("Josefs-Jeton" - "Joseph und Seine Bruder" Rechenpfennig), 1772; struck in brass; by Johann Christian Reich; 29.25mm, 6.8g. Obverse depicts Joseph (without corn-sack) and his brothers (kneeling before him) surmounted by German legend "DIE THEURUNG IM LAND. MACHT IOSEPH BEKANT." (loosely translated as "The Famine in the Land Makes Joseph"), and below on 3 lines: "IOH:CH:REICH.FEC" and "DANTES.FA: 1772.". Reverse in a rotated strike of 14 lines of text starting with "1771" and listing what various food items cost; text ends with year "1772". The anti-Semitic "Joseph Jeton" medal was struck during a time of high inflation in 1771-1772, and drawing on the Biblical story of Joseph and the 7 year famine in Egypt, Johann Reich here ascribed fault for the famine to Joseph (the Jew) himself. In F-VF; Brettauer-1936, but not listed with this metal (brass) in Brettauer or Kirschner 24-XII/XIII. Includes original Robert Ball Munzenhandlung of Berlin auction paper holder with sale notation (circa. mid-1920's).

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German Judaic Joseph & Brothers unlisted brass

Estimate $160 - $300Oct 17
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Jerusalem, IL