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          Token coinage made from bone, circulating in the Basque provinces adjacent to the Celtic kingdom of Aquitania in the second century before Christ.  The ogam inscription reads, in the Basque language, "To serve as money."  “Archaeologists?” presently classify this token and similar bone tokens from the same region as "ether beads” or, less probably, “buttons”, made by the Paleolithic people of Laugerie-Basse, and datable to about 20,000 BC."  On such mistaken premises the occurrence of genuine ogam inscriptions at numerous sites in America and in Europe of pre-Roman times, has been ignored (Fell 1982).