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The Guild of Master Bakers (Paris)


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This is a relatively scarce and high grade silver jeton minted (circa 1804/5) for the guild of Master Bakers of Paris during the Napoleonic era. Obverse, bust of Napoleon as Emperor and King. Reverse, nimbate St Honore, patron saint of Bakers. This variant does not have the engravers signature under the bust.

 

Prior to the french revolution the various guilds and commercial corporations regularly issued jetons to their officials. This tradition died off along with a good number of the corporations during the revolution. This guild is one of a very few that carried on with the tradition during the Napoleonic era and this darkly toned jeton is a particularly nice example.

 

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