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Mercury (Large) God of Commerce and Industry & Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité 2 Francs France Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (Hermes)

Mercury (Large) God of Commerce and Industry & Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité 2 Francs France Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry (Hermes)

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Mercury (Large) & Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité 2 Francs France Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Liberty Equality Brotherhood) (Third Republic) (God of Business)

Obverse: Mercury, the god of commerce (god of abundance and commercial success)

Lettering: COMMERCE INDUSTRIE
Translation:
Industry of Commerce

Reverse: Denomination in center, lettering surrounding
Lettering: ✿ CHAMBRES·DE·COMMERCE·DE·FRANCE
BON POUR
2 FRANCS
BR. AL.

Translation: Chambers of Commerce of France
Good For 2 Francs
Bronze-Aluminum

Features
Issuer France
Period Third Republic (1870-1940)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1920-1927
Value 2 Francs
Currency Franc (1795-1959)
Composition Copper-aluminium
Weight 8 g
Diameter 27 mm
Thickness 2.14 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1 September 1949
Number N# 699
References F# 267, Gad# 533, KM# 877

Wikipedia:
Mercury (/ˈmɜːrkjʊri/; Latin: Mercurius [mɛrˈkʊrijʊs] (About this soundlisten)) is a major god in Roman religion and mythology, being one of the 12 Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence, messages, communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he also serves as the guide of souls to the underworld.

In Roman mythology, he was considered to be either the son of Maia, one of the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas, and Jupiter, or of Caelus and Dies. In his earliest forms, he appears to have been related to the Etruscan deity Turms; both gods share characteristics with the Greek god Hermes. He is often depicted holding the caduceus in his left hand. Similar to his Greek equivalent Hermes, he was awarded a magic wand by Apollo, which later turned into the caduceus, the staff with intertwined snakes.

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After the First World War the French currency collapsed. In 1921, the franc was devaluated and replaced by pieces from aluminum. These coins were not national issues but substitution coins, tokens minted by the chambers of commerce. The obverse depicts Mercury, the Roman god of trade. In his right hand the god holds a caduceus or wand of Mercury, the symbol of commerce; in his left hand he carries a lyre. The inscription on the reverse reads BON POUR 1 FRANC: token for 1 franc.
Source: https://www.moneymuseum.com/en/coins?&id=1188

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Elroy Z
Merci beaucoup, J'ai adore !

Merci beaucoup, J'ai adore !

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Celine Z
The coin is lovely. It isn't as “defined”...

The coin is lovely. It isn't as “defined” as the photo indicates, but I expected this, as coins take on wear. I did not like the shipping situation. There was no tracking information and after asking the seller (who is super kind and responsive), I was informed that it was simply sent regular post in an envelope (like a typical letter). I would have rather have had a shipping choice. I like to track things. I have had some bad experiences with USPS, with one parcel locked in a perpetual loop for 3 months…. Yep. This particular “letter” went about 70 miles to the south of me, then circled around and came back….. this is why I prefer tracking. Just an FYI. Great seller, nice product, but not my choice of post.

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Linda O
Looks very nice :)Thank you so much.

Looks very nice :)Thank you so much.

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London B
good deal on a dozen cool coins

good deal on a dozen cool coins

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Larissa H
Exactly what I wanted and expected

Exactly what I wanted and expected