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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. another maritime assurer. This one struck in 1868 for `La Mer'
  6. this one was struck for the French maritime assurer `L'Eole'.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. One of the harder ones to come by. Silver jeton /medal struck in 1862 for La Compagnie Francaise D'Assurances Maritimes.
  14. a few more from my collection This one is a nice original jeton engraved by Jean Bertrand Andrieu and struck in 1816 for the Compagnie D'Assurance Du Havre, This one was struck in 1836 for the maritime assurer `Havraise et Parisienne'. This one struck 1836 for the `Union des Ports', another maritime assurer.
  15. This jeton de presence was struck in 1914 for the directors of the `Compagnie de Vicoigne et de Noeux' (coal mining)
  16. not a shilling, but a sixpence (aka a `tanner'). The little brother of the Birmingham Workhouse shilling. This one is dated 1812.....wasn't Napoleon was getting his ass whipped in Russia at that time?
  17. Northumberland and Durham silver shilling
  18. Silver jeton struck for La Garonne, a French maritime assurer.
  19. The 1804 piece was struck to facilitate trade during a period when `coin of the realm' was very much in short supply and new coinage simply was not being struck due directly to King George III's poor state of mental health. The piece was struck from `good siller', although god alone knows where they got the actual silver from. That same year in England they were using Spanish colonial silver pieces of eight to strike Bank dollars (aka 5 shillings) with.
  20. Dublin (Anonymous) AR Shilling Token 24mm. 4.34g. King's Recovery (Private mint) Obverse: Woman placing crown on plinth, inscribed 'HEALTH/ TO THE/ KING'. - Obverse legend: PRO BONO PUBLICO Reverse: Aesculapius’ serpent around ancient brazier, weight and fineness 2 DWT – 20 GS with Sterling/ 1804 in exergue. reverse legend: PUBLIC HAPPINESS
  21. not halfpennies....but since the last one posted was from `Birmingham', here's it's big brother and an uncle! copper penny (Birmingham Workhouse) dated 1812, and a copper three pence (Birmingham Workhouse) dated 1813. The three pence is the size of a small hockey puck and you would definitely need assistance to carry around eighty of these if you were buying anything valued at 1 pound. There's an example of the silver workhouse shilling in the `silver shilling tokens' thread.
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