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Belgian 5 Francs 1873 -Any Idea What This Countermark May Signify?

 
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 Posted 07/04/2022  6:23 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Archraz to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi everyone,
I recently fished this countermarked Belgian 1873 5 Franc coin out of a dealer's melt bin.

As you can see in the images, the countermarks read "C Warren" and "1933568." The coin also has two holes, and while I am not certain why the holes were punched, these holes may help to explain the function of the countermarks.

Given the irregular placement of the countermarked numbers and letters (such as the "N" in Warren being so much lower), each number and letter seems to have been individually punched.

Any guesses what these countermarks may mean? Any help would be appreciated!





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 Posted 07/04/2022  6:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Whenever I see a name and a long string of digits stamped onto something metal, I always assume it's some kind of military ID tag. My guess? Perhaps a serviceman's replacement "dog tag", made from a locally-found silver coin while they were in the European theatre. Given the age of the coin, my guess would be World War I, rather than World War II.

The name appears to be English in origin, so I'm assuming the serviceman in question is either British or American; it's not British-colonial (eg Australia or Canada), as colonial soldiers usually have a letter-prefix to their service number indicating the colony they came from. I assume you've found it in America, so I'd start with there.

The "dog tag" theory also explains the two holes drilled into it.
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 Posted 07/04/2022  7:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Archraz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sap - Thanks!
Honestly, that is in the orbit of what I was thinking as well. Along with it possibly being a dog tag, I wondered if it could be some kind of luggage or locker tag.
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