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Object ID # 1955.012.032
Object Name Coin
Title French Coin (1911)
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Date 1911
Description One bronze-coloured, metal, 5 centimes French coin, 1911. One side has "Republique Francaise" on it and a profile of a woman, the other has Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite and two people (one adult, one child) on it. This is one of eight coins in this accession.
Provenance This is a French coin that was brought home to Canada by Arthur Husband, who served in the First World War. He also brought home some German battlefield souvenirs. The coin is dated 1911, so it was minted before the war began in 1914.

The Husband family is recorded in the book BEAUTIFUL STONEY KEPPEL (1986), see page 352. Charles Husband had purchased the Kemble blacksmith shop in 1888.

The family is also listed in the 1901 Census of Keppel Township:
They were at Pt. Lot 40, and Lot 41, Con. 19:
Husband, Charles...b. June 9, 1864, age 36, b. Ontario, Methodist, Blacksmith. His wife was Mary Husband, b. May 11, 1866. Their son, Arthur C. Husband was born Oct. 25, 1889 and was then 11 years old. Their daughter Eliza G. Husband was born Oct. 14, 1891 and was 9 years old. A blacksmith apprentice named Wm. G. Grant, age 22, resided with them.

Arthur Husband was drowned in the Nipigon River in August of 1920. Arthur, after completing the study of medicine in Toronto had enlisted in the First World War and went overseas, receiving a commission. After the war he had returned to his medical studies, and worked as a fire ranger and trapper during the summer before his death. Arthur Clifford Husband's death registration says that his date of death was August 24, 1920. He died at Virgin Falls, Ontario, age 30, 11 mos. He was recorded there as a medical student.

His war-time souvenirs were therefore kept by his father, Charles Husband, for many years.

The first Mrs. Charles Husband was formerly Miss Mary Fraser, of Sydenham Township (daughter of Thomas Fraser). She died not long after her son's death. The second Mrs. Charles Husband was Alice Gilbert, formerly of Lockport, New York.






Collection Currency Collection
Material Metal
Dimensions W-2.5 Dia-2.5 cm
Found France
People Husband, Arthur
Husband, Charles