French silver insurance token dated 1829


The octagonal medal has a diameter of 37mm and weighs 19gms. On the obverse is a female face  within a sunburst design, engraver’s mark beneath HAMEL, PARIS. The reverse has the company’s name in the centre COMPAGNIE DU SOLEIL and outside the wreath of oakleaves the lettering is ASSURANCES CONTRE L’INCENDIE  16 DECEMBRE 1829One edge has the mark ARGENT  with a small punch, probably a cornucopia. There is some rubbing on the central high points of the design on the obvverse. Otherwise the token is evenely toned.

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