French influence telephone tokens

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The tokens listed here are from French colonies and protectorates and from independent countries that are former French colonies and protectorates. The mint marks are an indication of where the token was produced only. Engraver marks narrow down the time period in which the token was produced.

Note that the word used for telephone on the Algerian and Tunisian tokens is the official الهاتف - al-Hatef. On the tokens from Israel, the colloquial, phonetic rendition from English تلفون is used.

The RJ mark on TIA1 could be for Paris mint chief engraver Raymond Joly. Since he could use an owl while in office, he may have produced the dies while retired (1974-2006), but a earlier date is also quite possible, since the federation of Cameroon was replaced by a unitary state in 1972

French influence telephone tokens
TIA1.jpg
Filename TIA1
Country Algeria
Side 1 Central: هاتف عمومي (public telephone). Down: الديمقراطية الشعبية (democratic people's). Up: الجمهورية الجزائرية (republic of Algeria).
Side 2 Owl mint mark (Raymond Joly, chief engraver 1958-1974), PTT in groove, cornucopia mint mark (Paris mint).
Manufacture Copper-nickel
Size (mm) 18
Weight (grams) 4.2
Die rotation Only known in 3 o'clock alignement ↑→
Notes Watchit.jpgSupport TIA1
Source afrasi
TICA.jpg
Filename TICA
Side 1 Logo
Side 2 Lettering in Cambodian script
Manufacture Copper-nickel
Size (mm) 18
Weight (grams) 4.2
Notes CAMBODIA
Source parkingtokens
TIC1.jpg
Filename TIC1
Side 1 Bust left, REPUBLIQUE FEDERALE DU CAMEROUN, cypher RJ below
Side 2 P and cornucopia, groove, T and upside down cornucopia
Manufacture Copper-nickel
Size (mm) 18
Weight (grams) 4.2
Notes CAMEROON. Marks on side 2 are for the Paris mint. Monogram RJ may mean Raymond Joly.
Source afrasi
TIL1.jpg
Filename TIL1
Side 1 JETON POUR TAXIPHONE, filled triangle and • SERVICE TELEPHONIQUE des ETATS du LEVANT
Side 2 JETON POUR TAXIPHONE and • SERVICE TELEPHONIQUE des ETATS du LEVANT
Manufacture Brass
Size (mm) 24 (to be confirmed)
Weight (grams)
Notes LEBANON and SYRIA. The triangle may be the mintmark of Ets. Cartaux
Source Redwine
TIL2.jpg
Filename TIL2
Side 1 BOURSE / DE / BEYROUTH
Side 2 L M ERICSSON
Manufacture Brass
Size (mm) 24
Weight (grams)
Notes LEBANON. Beyrouth stock exchange.
Source Groenendijk
TMA1.jpg
Filename TMA1
Side 1 REPOBLIKA MALAGASY, cornucopia, owl
Side 2 Blank, groove
Manufacture White metal
Size (mm) 18
Weight (grams) 3.2
Notes MALAGASY, Marks on side 1 are for the Paris mint and Raymond Joly, chief engraver 1958-1974
Source africancoins
TIM1.jpg
Filename TIM1
Side 1 • PTT • MAROC Paris mint mark
Side 2 Blank with 2 grooves
Manufacture Bronze
Size (mm) 23
Weight (grams)
Notes MOROCCO Watchit.jpg TIM1 Varieties
Source Afrasi
TIM2.jpg
Filename TIM2
Side 1 • AFTECO • MAROC
Side 2 TAXIPHONE • AUTELCA •
Manufacture Brass
Size (mm) 23
Weight (grams) 3.8
Notes MOROCCO
Source Groenendijk
TIT1.jpg
Filename TIT1
Side 1 REPUBLIQUE TUNISIENNE and PTT between grooves
Side 2 الهتف (telephone), groove, تونس (Tunisia)
Manufacture Zinc
Size (mm) 24.5
Weight (grams)
Notes TUNISIA Watchit.jpg TIT1 Varieties
Source afrasi
TIV1.jpg
Filename TIV1
Side 1 BUUDIEN (post office) / VIETNAM in groove
Side 2 raised part between BUUDIEN and VIETNAM
Manufacture Bronze clad steel
Size (mm) 19.5
Weight (grams) 2.3
Notes VIETNAM
Source parkingtokens
TIV2.jpg
Filename TIV2
Side 1 * / BĐTP in groove
Side 2 Blank, raised part in centre
Manufacture Bronze clad steel
Size (mm) 19.5
Weight (grams) 2.3
Notes VIETNAM
Source parkingtokens