26,11 Grammes .
Jeton de FORT ROSS , Ancienne communauté Russe en Alaska .
Philip Mernick of London writes:
This illustrates the speed of modern communication and the benefits of sharing expertise. A friend mentioned to me the above eBay item being offered from France as it was described as a jetton. An 18th century Siberian coin mentioning the 19th century Russian settlement at Fort Ross, California seemed dubious so I asked Rich Hartzog whom I knew to be so knowledgeable on fakes and fantasies. He referred me to Dick Hanscom at Alaska Rare Coins and I got this definitive reply. All done within 12 hours!
Dick Hanscom writes:
This is a souvenir sold at Ft. Ross in California. It was cast from a coin found at Ft. Ross. It was cast by Bill Russell of Auburn, California. In 1992 they were available from the Fort Ross Interpretive Association, 19005 Coast Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450.
The give-away is that Fort Ross would not be in the Latin alphabet if it were legit. It would be in Cyrillic.
Interesting item. Thanks, folks. Given the offbeat nature of many E-Sylum topics, it's not unusual that the above photo is the 10,000th image in the E-Sylum Flickr archive.
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RUSSIE - AMERIQUE - ALASKA . FORT ROSS . JETON modèle 5 Kopecks SIBERIE
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