The "Au SOU BB 1855"

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This crude machine (apparent spring and simple horn support) was also sold with the "Musica" decal on the lid.  It plays the Standard and Inter size cylinders.   It is not clear why 1855 is related with the Trade Mark of this company.  The "sou", in France, is the equivalent of our "cent". BB could be the mark of the mintage of these coins.  It is supposed that this very coin, dating from 1855, with the distinctive mark BB was so rare that they found a marketing publicity by saying that if somebody came to their shop with such a coin, they can get anything in the shop in return.  Is this tale the right one? It is the only one I have been told that has a certain sense.

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