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Belgium. Co-op Bread token.

Brass, octagonal, 21.8mm.   DE NAMAKER ZAL VERVOLGD WORDEN  Seated female figure holding shield inscribed J. FISCH, beehive and emblems of industry at sides, the motto VOORUIT superimposed, 1880 in ex.  About VF

The “Vooruit” - Advance cooperative was founded on 21 November 1880 by a hundred and fifty members. On October 2, 1886, the cooperative was legally registered. The bakery was the most profitable branch of society, which further included grocery shops, pharmacies, shoe and leather shops, a coal merchant, a furniture workshop, fabric and clothing shops, etc. The bread tokens were widely used. This was valid for one loaf. Initially, the bread tokens were made of zinc, but from October 1886 octagonal brass pieces were manufactured by Antoine, and later, J Fisch.

Ex David Rogers collection.

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