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About Ian

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    Fife, Scotland
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  1. they used to appear fairly frequently on ebay.fr, some of them in very high grade......but not so frequently now in present time.
  2. The reverse legend on this one translates as `the night brings games and pleasures'
  3. another banking jeton struck in 1791 for the inauguration of the `Caisse Patriotique'. An enterprise heavily involved with the financial disaster that was the assignat `paper money' system in revolutionary France. Obverse shows Mercury and Liberty together, a galley in the left field and a cornucopia in the right field, along with various items of commerce.
  4. I'm a long time sufferer of `magpie-itis'....so i still have my ones...in hiding..... somewhere. Ian
  5. I've no idea who the engraver was or who actually struck this medalet, but this was top of the list with a simple google search. The `Horae Scholasticae' was the name of the school magazine and it looks like the obverse is someone using a screw press (for printing purposes?) and that the medalet was possibly struck to commemorate the first publication of the magazine (?) https://www.sps.edu/about-sps/sps-history
  6. not sure if there are any download links.....(?) you might want to try sniffing for possibilities on Amazon. I haven't looked for a good while but i do recall them carrying cheap(ish) alternatives. (ie scanned copies) for Feuardent's tombes. what is available on-line is still better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick ;).
  7. Finally managed to get hold of an example of the jeton issued by the `Caisse Centrale de Commerce et des Chemins de Fer'. It's a jeton relevant to `banking' , `trains', `boats', and `general commerce'. The scarcity falls into the category of `scarcer than hen's teeth' and only rarely surfaces on the market...and usually requires significant financial outlay. Fortunately for me I saw this one apparently before the rest of the world was awake ......and got it at a relative bargain. Unfortunately most `bargains' come with some form of baggage and this one is no exception. if you look at the obverse, running from mid lift to top right you will notice that the colouration is lighter than the rest of the jeton. This is due to some cretan having tried to `smooth' out a flaw in the planchet. The `flaw' is an indentation that looks as if a piece of the jeton has flaked off. It is most likely due to a dirty die where a piece of debris has been struck into the planchet and then fallen off, leaving the indentation. It might also have been caused by a bad metal mix when the planchet was first made, but unlikely. Ah well.....c'est la vie as the saying goes.
  8. this one issued by the Union cie. d' Assurances in 1828
  9. this is the one and only encapsulated cent I have. it's a wee bit potty IMHO.........
  10. to get an idea of `value', you'll need to post a pic or two so that the over-all condition can be gauged.
  11. I've just upgraded the example I have of this particular jeton, which was struck sometime in the 1670's for the Paris Chambre des Assurances (maritime assurance syndicate). I'm not sure how to grade this one (?) I've never seen a better example than this one and i'm not sure whether that is because the original strikings were poorly /flatly struck in the first place or that the surviving examples are just significantly worn. I'm sticking with `fine' for now but other opinions would be welcome. Reverse has a ship sinking in the distance and in the foreground a survivor is holding on to what looks like a raft.
  12. .........the sense (or lack of!) to be drawn from this piece is likely to be dependent upon how much alcohol is in your body at any given point in time
  13. yet another `heur et malheur' piece. This one has cupid blindfolded (love is blind') along with the legend `qui que tu sois, voici ton maitre. Il l'est le fut ou le doit etre'....roughly translated it means `whoever you are, here is your master. he is now and always will be
  14. Its a bit like icebergs. The bit you can see above the water line is only the tip.......... which in turn belittles the enormity of bit that awaits your discovery ;)
  15. have a look at the following link. It provides a reference: https://www.ma-shops.co.uk/sesambestcoins/item.php?id=6712
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