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Parish of St Gervais, Paris


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This jeton was struck for the wardens of St Gervais, one of the oldest churches in Paris. Its history extends back to the fourth century and it is dedicated to St Gervais and St Protais.

 

Jetons bearing this reverse had been issued under Louis XIV and dated 1715. This issue was struck circa 1750 under Louis XV and using the same reverse dies.

 

Interestingly, this church also appears to have been the seat of the wine merchants guild who liked to be thought of as the `septieme corps des marchands' or the seventh merchant guild of Paris.

 

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