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(?) The 1850's is actually rather late in the day. There are a few example assurance jetons in this thread that were struck in the late 1600's /early 1700's

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this one was engraved by Oscar Roty and struck sometime in the 1880's for `L'Ancienne Mutuelle de Rouen' a french assurer inaugurated in 1817

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...this one stuck in bronze (in 1899) for the `Societe Mutuelle de Prevoyance Pour La Retraite' to commemorate its 50th anniversary. This was a company providing savings /pension schemes for retirement purposes.

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On 12/28/2018 at 10:02 AM, Ian said:

(?) The 1850's is actually rather late in the day. There are a few example assurance jetons in this thread that were struck in the late 1600's /early 1700's

You forget I live in America where a building built before 1900 is relatively rare.

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On 1/3/2019 at 4:29 AM, thedeadpoint said:

You forget I live in America where a building built before 1900 is relatively rare.

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that may well be true....but someone somewhere was providing `assurance' in relation to buildings in the USA; assurance against the risk of accident; life assurance (in some form or another); and various forms of `risk' associated with transport /trade long before the 1900's. 

Those darn Europeans brought their concepts of syndication and risk amelioration with them when they came over to the new world. 

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I've just upgraded the example I have of this particular jeton, which was struck sometime in the 1670's for the Paris Chambre des Assurances (maritime assurance syndicate). I'm not sure how to grade this one (?) I've never seen a better example than this one and i'm not sure whether that is because the original strikings were poorly /flatly struck in the first place or that the surviving examples are just significantly worn. I'm sticking with `fine' for now but other opinions would be welcome.

Reverse has a ship sinking in the distance and in the foreground a survivor is holding on to what looks like a raft.

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