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You will, I hope, indulge my interest in these tiny miniatures. I hope they will be interesting to collectors many are new and not included in Rogers. I find them fascinating because of the whimsical nature of them and the role they would have played with children throughout the last 2 centuries. I am particularly interested in Lauer coins and would be grateful to have any exchange of ideas or research on the manufacturing history and distribution. Luckily I have the microscope and will will take images and would like discussion and debate about them from any collectors. I know they are not currency pre decimal coins but they are of interest I hope, as much as for any other reason than they are beautiful little replicas. It is also a chance for me to sort and re-examine them in between paintings just to clear my mind. Many thanks
One of the greatest enjoyments I have had in the last 4 years is the collecting, of often very beautiful, miniature coins dating from the 19thC and early 20thC. Made by the company of L Ch Lauer and a couple of other toy manufacturers Balmberger and Cooke (in the UK ?) These tiny copies usually around 13 mm are almost perfect replicas of the coinages of Victoria, Edward VII and George V (rare) with a couple of others George IV along with sets for each country. A rather expensive book by D J de Solar Rogers cover the subject in some detail and there is a wonderful online collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum donated by this author. In the four years I have been collecting the price seems to have climbed in the rarer country types USA, Germany, Belgium, French, Spain , and others. The detailing is wonderful They were made essentially as toys of course for children but of course mostly for girls in part ,I am sure, as a learning tool to learn home economics hence the name dolls House Coins. They are made of zinc, copper, tinned, brass and iron coated with gold and silver and copper. I wondered if anyone else is interested in this more obscure numismatic area of interest?