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The `Heur/ Malheur' janiform heads of Good luck and Bad Luck  is the common obverse for a series of french silver gaming tokens originally struck after 1832.  Each jeton in the series carries its own little gem of wisdom or worthy observation in relation to the topic of `gambling'. The one below depicts a tempest with `tranquility' at the centre...along with the words `calme au milieu des orages' in the exergue.

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‘Calm amid the storms’ ? Very nice piece. 

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Yep. That is indeed the literal translation.

Perhaps the message underpinning it is that your fortune is best served by keeping your cool  while everyone around is losing theirs (?) ;) 

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I'm not 100% sure to be honest, but i would hazard a guess that it would be along the same lines as casino chips (grub stakes :) ).

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yes..........but I have to say that the silver USA gambling chips i've  actually seen are denominated for $10, not $1.

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another `heur et malheur'. This time with `abundance' dancing on a sphere while her fortune spills out to the ground.

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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

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.........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

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The reverse legend on this one translates as `the night brings games and pleasures'

 

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they used to appear fairly frequently on ebay.fr, some of them in very high grade......but not so frequently now in present time.

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