What’s a Jeton? A jeton is a token or counter, typically used as a card or gaming counter. Nowadays casinos use plastic discs as their gambling chips. In the eighteenth century when gambling clubs were very fashionable and popular, there were many different designs produced, mainly in crude imitation of guineas or half guineas. The word jeton comes from the French jeter meaning to throw, as one would throw ones chips onto a roulette table.
The date 1788 would be entirely correct for this type of guinea or half guinea, which were issued from 1787 to 1800, although, it is entirely possible that this jeton was issued later than this. Obviously because these are only imitations of coins, it is likely that there many dates will appear on them which would not appear on actual coins. This does not make them rare or valuable, merely interesting.
The obverse shows a crude portrait of George III. GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA
The reverse shows a crowned spade-shaped shield in reasonable imitation of a George III half guinea, with the inscription: IN MEMORY OF THE GOOD OLD DAYS 1788
Diameter: 20.5 millimetres
Weight: 1.8 grams (a half guinea weighs about 4.2 grams)