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  1. The jetons of La Compagnie D'assurances Generales a Paris are fairly common and readily found on ebay, but there are numerous variants (size of the jeton; variants to the reverse legends; different mint mark /edge markings). This example is an `error' variant , in that the date under the bust (obverse) should have been 1818 (MDCCCXVIII) thatis, the date the company was inaugurated. Instead, it is dated 1813 (MDCCCXIII), that is, it is missing a `V'.
  2. It's silver and, although unlikely to have circulated as a cash item, it has always had a monetary value dependent upon the market value of silver at any given time. I could see it being a `pocket piece' or indeed being passed off as an item of exchange if the owner came upon hard times.
  3. Ian

    Lundy Island

    I''ll dig out an example of the `half puffin' coin. The reverse image is literally half a puffin
  4. true story. When I was about 12 yrs old, I actually received a well worn roman silver denier in my change (the shopkeeper thought it was a sixpence....so did I at the time of exchange). i wonder....would anyone back in Roman times argue much about being presented with a large slug of silver for payment (?).....irrespective of what was stamped on it.....
  5. ...almost scared to post anything in this thread as the examples that Bill has posted are truly beautiful examples... However, thankfully there are budget examples available on the market (ie within my budget :)). here's a few examples i've managed to acquire...warts and all. The first is an obol from Chateaudun (as far as i can determine that is). Roberts places it 13th Century The second is from Blois 10th / 11th centuries ad The third is from Chartres circa 10th /11th centuries ad
  6. This one is Celtic /Roman type with bust (off centre) to the right. Struck Circa 100 bc.
  7. ....this one struck for La Banlieu, another French Assureur
  8. Lower grade example of jeton struck for `La Melusine', another french maritime assurer
  9. high grade example of an Obol of the Perrhaebi tribe (Thessaly) struck circa 480 - 400 BC. Ref: BMC4 / SG 2171
  10. This one struck for `La Maritime' sometime between 1870 and 1880
  11. Ian

    Lundy Island

    Just a bit of lightheartedness and to show one of my favourite pieces....a Lundy `Puffin'. Not strictly speaking a `coin of the realm' though
  12. Silver Tetradrachm (15.54 gms) struck for Ptolemy I (Soter) as Satrap of Egypt circa 310 /305 BC. The scan below doesn't do the coin much justice but its as good as I can get it. Obverse has bust of Alexander the Great wearing elephant headdress. A very cleanly struck neat `omega' character countermark has been added to the right of Alexander's chin at some point in antiquity. Reverse shows Athena walking to right sporting a spear and shield with an eagle in the lower right field. There are three monograms. one in the left field and two in the right. Sadly, I have no idea what these
  13. an early (and scarce) one from the reign of Louis XV struck for the `assureurs generales' syndicate based in Paris in 1754 This one was struck a few years earlier (1742) for the maritime assureurs of Rouen
  14. This one doesn't come on the market very often `les Deux Poles'. The strike is very three dimensional and the engraving of the sterns of the two ships is quite detailed.
  15. The images produced by the scanner are.....well keeping from using anglo-saxon.....let's just say `pretty poor'. The jetons are generally quite lustrous, but this isn't picked up by the scanner, and it does not deliver any depth at all. Sadly, I don't have the time /energy for real photography but may end up digging my camera out and getting some practice in!
  16. another maritime assurer. This one struck in 1868 for `La Mer'
  17. this one was struck for the French maritime assurer `L'Eole'.
  18. i've finally managed to figure out my new scanner.....almost. Here's a relatively difficult to find silver jeton /medalet issued by the Lloyd maritime assurance syndicate in Marseille
  19. Ah.........THAT is a very good question.....not so sure that anyone has a definitive answer though.. Apologies in advance for my musings below: First, to give a little `lineage' to this: Damianus Krauwinkel was noted as a `master' rechenpfennigmacher in 1543. His passing was recorded in November 1581 Hans Krauwinkel I (the first) was a brother of Damianus. He became a `master' in 1562 and died in 1586 Hans Krauwinkel II (the second) was a son of Damianus. he became a `master' in 1586 and died in 1635 Egidius Krauwinkel was also a son of Damianus. he became a `master' in 157
  20. There are numerous variants of the `Pietate et Iustitia' jetons, struck since 1561. It is the shield obverse that Mitchiner attributes to the issues made under HK. I agree that the description `Citizen and Soldier' seems a bit odd when looking at that particular jeton. Mitchiner is disappointing for `detail', even though his tome on the medieval period is quite hefty. There is no jeton described in that particular tome that is a match to the one in the image. In addition, there is only one jeton listed in that tome with the reverse legend (Aut Vinci etc) but it doesn't remotely fit the b
  21. I have a copy, and a copy of the earlier catalogue (1986). They are great as `tasters' ....or `hooks'... providing insight as to the various subject areas and as to the depth of subject area. They got me hooked. CGB's catalogues (Jetons # I through to # XXII) are also excellent reference materials but the first 5 are now very difficult to get hold of in print form.
  22. This example was manufactured by Hans Krauwinckel between1588/9 (Henry III type- Citizen and Soldier reverse). The type prior to this had Justice, Mars, and Piety on the reverse, supposedly representing the three estates of the realm namely Justice, the Church (Piety), and the Nobility (Mars). The obverse had two columns surmounted by a crown with an `H` inbetween. The Charles IX variety had a double C between the pillars obverse. (Mitchiner cites `Barnard 1917 pl 9 no 106' for that piece - knowing your excellent researching prowess, you might just be able to unearth it but i'll have a loo
  23. While there doesn't appear to be any `assurance' related items in this particular auction, there are some nice jetons de presence that are well worth a bid or three. However, I'm not sure i like the auction format being used. You submit a `bid sheet' via sixbid and the auction house then gets back to you telling you what you would need to bid to get the items. One had a start price of 10 euro, which struck me as being exceptionally low for the type. However after placing a bid on it (along with a few others) I was quickly advised by email that i had been outbid.......and that it would
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