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  1. This one, minted for the `Compagnie D'Assurances Generales Contre L'incendie' circa 1910, was engraved by Oscar Roty.
  2. Apart from being left with a sinking feeling, it must have looked a bit fishy to the investors (cod forgive me for saying that!). Upon my sole, they must have lost the plaice when the company floundered. There is (in present time) a Paris based insurance company of the same name but it has no commonalty (other than by name) to the one in question.
  3. another relatively hard to find jeton de presence minted for `L'Avenir', a french maritime assurer, and issued the same year as the inauguration of the company (1838). it does not appear that the company survived all that long. No records exist according to Gailhouste.
  4. Here's one for the `Communaute des Distillateurs et Marchands d'Eau de Vie' . That is, the Association of Distillers and Spirit Merchants (eg Brandy)'. It's quite hard to find examples of jetons of this particular commercial activity and when you do the price tends to be `up there' and the condition not to brilliant. I was luckier than expected with the price given that the condition is about as good as it gets.
  5. .......this one minted for the Dean of the Academy of Surgery in 1723
  6. I'm a really happy bunny concerning this one. Gailhouste doesn't even have a picture of it in his 1993 book `Numismatique de L'Assurance'.. He does say (very roughly translated from french....) " I haven't found the jeton from this society. Gauvin doesn't mention either the date of its founding or its disappearance". description: Obverse: a steam boat heading left. `Stern Aumoitte / Paris' in exergue Reverse:`Compagnie Maritime De La Mediterranee' Oval shield of Marseille on a cartouche capped by a five towered crown. below (the crown) and anchor,caduceus, trident, and
  7. Yes. probability is extremely high that it is merely a printing error. I've now seen at least three examples like mine but not a single example as it appears in the book. Maybe the printer had too much wine that day.
  8. Here are a few recent acquisitions in relation to the `maritime' field of assurance companies The first is `L'Industrie Francaise', It is undated and there is no record as to the date of its emission and (untypically) there are no edge markings. The only thing known is that the engraver (Massonnet) worked his arts between 1856 and 1905. This jeton is likely to be circa 1860. Interestingly the image Gailhouste portrays in his 1993 catalogue has the figure facinf=g left. the only examples i have seen, the figure faces right. The next is a relatively `blandly' designed jeton issued for
  9. No hard facts available whatsoever, but the number originally struck is likely to be less than 1,000, and we do know that some were struck in bronze (have never seen a bronze example yet). I suspect that the number of surviving examples will be quite low.
  10. Jeton de Presence for `La Flotte' a French maritime assurer which came into existence in 1861 and which is no longer in existence Strange that in more than a decade and a half of scouring auction catalogues and the various ebay sites I had never even come across one. Supposedly as scarce as hen's teeth for a relatively modern jeton, yet within a month of my coming across it in Gailhouste's 1993 book on the subject two appear on ebay. I bought one of them and since then another has appeared. Reminds me of the old addage re the old Heinz tomato ketchup `when at first you shake the bott
  11. sounds like you made a steal there. A nice reward for your investment in knowledge........ and a step towards the `Honorary Scot' accolade. I agree with your take on these pieces. A couple of examples is probably just right for the casual collector.. No doubt, with your superb sleuthing skills, you will manage to acquire a `Leipzig' in due course.
  12. Quite a piece of history in that medal, and a nice bit of education provided by you in accompaniment. I've seen a few of that series on ebay in the past six months or so but have managed to keep my focus on french jetons
  13. Well spotted sir!! I was going to comment on the signature and its ramifications, but thought the better of it as the scanned image is quite poor. you must have eyes like a hawk. The signature is very ad hoc in style. `Arty'......... and in keeping with the theme of the jeton.
  14. here's a later example of a jeton issued for the Academie Saint-Luc. Dated 1758 (same reverse die as used during reign of Louis XV) but issued circa 1778 by Louis XVI.
  15. yes. In hand you can see that there is still quite a bit of lustre on both sides. It appears to have escaped having been tampered with.
  16. I agree. CGB describe the reverse as `La Peinture et La Sculpture se tenant la main' (Painting and Sculpture holding hands) The symbolism is Painting and Sculpture being equal partners in terms of the `arts' ...while the sun (which appears as a small face radiant in the left field) shines benevolently on them. This references Louis XV (aka `The Sun King') who was still alive and patron of the academy in 1764.
  17. A nice example of a scarce silver jeton issued for the Academie de Peinture et de Sculpture. Although dated 1764,there appears to be some doubt as to whether it was issued that year or in the early 1770's. The jeton cites Louis XVI as patron in the obverse legend The Academie was founded in 1648 with the purpose of professionalising the artists working for the French court and give them a stamp of approval that artists of the Academie de Saint-Luc did not have. (The Academie Saint-Luc was a painters' guild set up in Paris in 1391 by the Lord Provost of Paris).
  18. as always, I have nothing but admiration for your research skills, and your eye for the unusual. nice one!
  19. Here's a love token that I got about ten years ago. can't remember how much it cost me but it was less than a tenner.
  20. .........if the one on ebay sells for a decent price (ie it finds a market), we might very well start seeing genuine Chinese copies of the USA fake in the not too distant future. You do seem to come across interesting pieces with great regularity. Good sleuthing and a sharp eye on your part. All power to you!!
  21. another fascinating piece has entered your collection. I am wondering where it was struck. La Medaille, Paris? I'll check out Mitchiner just in case he has made reference to it or if it appears in the mint records he cites.
  22. very interesting and intriguing find you have there. I'd try to get hold of a copy of Dalton and Hamer's reference work as first port of call just to make absolutely sure your token is not noted as a variant by them....unlikely as that may appear to be. Excuse my ignorance on this area but were the original tokens somehow issued for general circulation as coinage in the USA? if so I can understand why `copies' (0r fakes) would be generated. Otherwise i'm struggling to see why this particular token would be selected for attention some considerable number of decades after its first appearanc
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