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World, Ireland, Dublin, Edmond Johnson Ltd, jeweller, silver puzzle token c. 1888

World, Ireland, Dublin, Edmond Johnson Ltd, jeweller, silver puzzle token c. 1888

Regular price £120.00 GBP
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British token, Ireland, Dublin, Edmond Johnson Ltd, jeweller, silver puzzle token c. 1888. £500 reward for decrypting the obverse legend. 

The inscription on the obverse ASRWSROIOEHWUOMNEMPHNE is assumed to be encrypted by a Playfair cipher. It has never been deciphered. At only 22 letters long, it is shorter than the shortest Playfair cipher to have currently been decrypted (unaided with information about the key). £500 was roughly the annual salary of a middle-class professional in the late 19th century, so the issuer was obviously quite confident that no-one would be able to decipher the inscription. 

about EF, attractively toned, holed (presumably as issued). Rare. 

Davis 54 
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