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This is a silver jeton issued by the `septieme corps des marchands' as the wine makers guild liked to be known. IThe six main guilds(Les Six Corps des Marchands) were not so keen on sharing their power and influence.

 

The Premier Corps (Drapers guild) issued jetons with one ship in the shield. The Deuxieme Corps (Apothecaries) issued jetons with two ships in the shield.......etc. Hence the `Septieme Corps' having seven ships in the shield.

 

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Thanks. there is a variant to this particular jeton which i've also got somewhere in my collection. I'll dig it out and scan it when next I get the time (and notion)

 

I've got lots of different jetons relating to the various merchant guilds of Paris and associations along with jetons issued on behalf of the various `Prevots des Marchands' (Lord Provosts of Paris aka `Mayors' who were basically elected from the ranks of the merchant guilds) and other locations most of which i simply haven't got round to scanning. i usually only bother with new additions to my collection.

 

I know that you have more than just a passing interest in jetons Frank, having owned a few yourself in the past. If there is any area you have an interest in i'd be more than happy to look at my collection to see what i have relating to it and post them on this forum.

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I love this piece. Had they any sense, the wine merchants would have been the Premeir Corps, but that's just common sense from my point of view.

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A fantastic jeton!

 

What date is this associated with? I've been reading a lot about guilds lately and so this really piques my interest! Thank you for sharing.

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The first record of this type appeared as a mention in `Le Mercure' the magazine of the Paris Mint for 1683. It descibes the legends using `V' whereas the one in this thread shows the more modern `U', which in turn determines this one as a later issue under Louis XV. My guesstimate for the strike is 1730- 1733 (ish)

 

The other one i have in my collection uses the `V' and has the coat of arms in a square cartouche which is in keeping with the one described for 1683. However, i suspect the jeton was not actually issued until the 1690's.

 

There is a short series of jetons issued between 1651 and 1691 for the `Confrairie des Marchands de Vin'.

 

Mitchiner states `The Marchands de Vins (Wine Merchants) spent a century pleading for admission as a `Seventh Company' and adopted an appropriate coat of arms.'

 

The Drapers actually obtained their ranking by purchase from the Furriers (Les Pelletiers) who were subsequently reduced to fourth ranking within the sixieme Corps. As an aside there are no jetons recorded for the Quatrieme Corps.

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I was only joking around about the photos of the coins... I just enjoyed looking at the photos. One of these days hope to either make enough money to buy up stuff like this or have the luck to come across them cheap. But photos will do for now.

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no problem friend. Just wasn't getting the `porn' bit. Must be because i'm a dour Scot.

 

......It's taken me long enough to get used to coin buffs referring to images of coins as being `eye candy'. my idea of eye candy is something entirely different ;)

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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.

 

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All very interesting. It is truly amazing what numismatics reveals. Thanks.

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