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  1. .....guess what I managed to find and buy last week
  2. silver jeton struck for the French Police and Gendarmerie Nationale. i'm not sure when this one was struck but i'm led to believe that the octagonal variety was first struck circa 1780 and during the reign of Louis XVI. Any info would be much appreciated. The designs (both obv and rev) have been in use on jetons struck for this institution on round (28mm diameter) jetons in both silver and copper since 1720. The octagonal variety is however more difficult to come across and as a consequence, usually a wee bit more expensive.
  3. At the risk of sounding a puritan, nice medal .........but i'm struggling to see the `Swiss' connection (?). I can recall that there is already another thread, all be it, quite a short one (at least so far) within the exonumia section for shooting medals from locations other than Switzerland. Might it not be an idea to encourage the development of that thread given that there are some amazingly crafted shooting medals in existence from around the world just waiting to be highlighted and, who knows, others might then be encouraged to post what they have in their collections relating to
  4. This jeton was struck for `L'Unite', a company which appears to have acted as a credit source and banking arm for the french assurance industry. It had a number of branches throughout France and there are jetons specific to each branch, all having the obverse by Montagny is common. This particular example was struck for the branch at St Quentin in 1846.
  5. I would imagine that a mintage of 858 would have been quite a significant number, given the level of demand at that time. Even now, I suspect that the number of serious `shooting medal' collectors world wide would number far less than 1/3rd of that mintage, rendering it `common'....or `not particularly hard to come across'. i wonder what the level of attrition has been for these pieces over the years? Unlike coinage, it will presumably be pretty low, the items themselves being cherished possessions rather than mere trinketry (?)
  6. Gosh. Time does indeed fly. Have just refreshed my memory by re-reading that thread you started. Another excellent example of your sleuthing skills. If you perchance collect french coinage, and in particular the 5 francs of 1849-51 / 1870-71 you might have noticed that the accent above the `E' in Oudine is oft times notable by its absence (from the actual coins in my possession it is basically a 50 /50 split). Possibly caused by die filling, but also possibly due to die error. A notable french numismatist that I mentioned this to hadn't noticed this. I never did follow up on it and besides
  7. Doh! At times like this it appears that i've forgotten more than I remember about my own collection. As usual, my hat is off to you. BTW that last copper one was engraved by Eugene Andre Oudine, a remarkable artist who is also noted for his depiction of Ceres on the obverse of the silver 5 francs of 1849-51 and again 1870-71. Thanks again Pat.
  8. Brilliant! That was quick. Boy, you're good. I'm sure i've got a jeton/medalet stashed away somewhere for `La Transatlantique'. Not sure if its the one mentioned (ie by Decourcelle) I'll dig it out and scan it anyway. Many thanks for the links.
  9. The name in the exergue is Decourcelle F. Unfortunately I have not been able to find out anything about him, or any of his other works.
  10. Another one added to the collection....... An example in copper, struck in 1853 for `Le Centre', a french mutual assurance company covering fire risks. the copper examples of these jetons generally carry a higher value than their silver equivalents, most probably due to higher levels of attrition.
  11. I haven't bought a `shooter' for years.........until now that is. it was going for what I consider to be a `song'...and it was singing to me. Fribourg (1905) Cantonal shooting medal, engraved by the `Holy Freres'. Sorry, i'm still working from Krause's pocket book on the subject . Krause notes this one as having a mintage of only 300, and in silver. I suspect that Rod will tell me that Krause missed a few in his count and that the mintage was more likely to be 3,000 . In any event I would appreciate any further info that anyone can provide from the more up to date reference books on t
  12. This example was struck for `L'Aigle' (The Eagle) assurance company circa 1880
  13. A few copper cheap and cheerful Conder halfpennies that arrived with me this week as follows: 1. Yorkshire (Hull) Garton's edge 1791 (Seaby 17) 2. Yorkshire (Sheffield) plain edge 1793 (Seaby 56) 3. Middlesex (London) Sise Lane, T&R Davidson edge 1795 (Seaby 295) 4. Staffordshire (Leek) halfpenny Leek edge 1793 (Seaby 10) 5. Warwickshire (Birmingham) halfpenny 1791 (Seaby 77)
  14. This bronze plaquette was struck to commemorate the centenary of the Compagnie D'Assurances Generales in 1919
  15. This medal was struck circa 1880 for L'Europe, a french assurer covering fire risks. This one was presented to Madamoiselle Fanny Dunat (a very unfortunate name from a Scottish perspective!)
  16. This one was struck circa 1880 for `L'Indre`, a company covering fire risks. The jetons for this company are quite common / easily found.
  17. going by my schoolboy knowledge of chemistry, verdigris is caused by a chemical reaction between the copper and other elements in the environment. Verdigris is not in itself `contagious' as far as i am aware.
  18. Bienvenue! Thanks for posting these tokens, and for the information surrounding them (especially the fascinating data concerning`Rizla') I have a few of the world war I emergency tokens of France. The best reference I know (and use) for these is a paper catalogue by Ciani. Do you have any other suggestions (authors) for studying these pieces?
  19. another few `jetons de presence' The first was issued for the french assurer `L'Auxiliaire' which covered risk of accidents in the construction industry The second is one of a number of different types of jeton issued by `La France' covering fire risks The third was an unusual find. Its a rare example of a silver piedfort jeton struck for the Swiss assurance company `La Genevoise' in 1984. Very reminiscent of the quality and depth of strike you see in the swiss shooting medals of that decade. The jeton was engraved by George Hantz and struck in Geneva.
  20. Having a close look at the actual mark on the edge is the best way forward....
  21. Hi,and a happy New Year to you. Your one is clearly the `main indicatrice' edge mark. No arguements there....and indeed quite likely to match that of the original. The image on the original is not particularly clear and i've seen so many `corne d'abondance' marks that look so similar to it that it registered with me as that mark. Here's a close up of a strong example of the cornucopia `poincon' http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Diff%C3%A9rent_numismatique_corne_abondance.jpg
  22. Hi.....perhaps my eyesight is failing, but to me that definitely looks like the typical cornucopia mint mark.
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