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Many facets of French Industry and commerce saw jetons being struck and issued to board members / directors as a token recompense for their services. The jetons issued for the mining industry during the 19th century are inthe main fairly scarce and much sought after. This particular jeton is one of only five hundred jetons de presence struck in 1891 for the coalmines at Graissessac in L'Occitaine (languedoc region of France). The mines re-opened after a short closure in 1864, hence the date on the jeton. However the jetons were not struck until 1891. The mines themselves were eventually nationalised in the 1930's.



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silver jeton struck for the Mines de la Loire (St Etienne). This example struck post 1880...




Silver jeton struck for the Compagnie des Mines a Charbon D'Aniche (Aniche coal mines) circa 1890. A nice example of the work of the artist and engraver Jean Baptiste Daniel-Dupuis.



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i had to learn more about St Barbara. Here's wikipedia:


"As one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Barbara continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of armourers, artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her old legend's association with lightning, and also of mathematicians."


I'd say St Barbara has a lot on her hands, covering all those people. And if it's about explosives, then why mathematicians?

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:blol: "If I can run 10 miles an hour and the nearest safe place is 300 feet away, and the fuse burns an inch a second, how long does the fuse need to be?"


response received from the saints:


" erm, lemme see now..... long enough to make sure that you are at least 300 feet away at the point of detonation."....."oh yes, and if you need any more detail than that you should consult a mathematician."


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