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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 38, September 18, 2022, Article 12


Numismagram's Jeremy Bostwick sent along these highlights from his recent upload of new tokens and medals to his website. For all of the new additions, including a couple Masonic-related pieces as well as some cardiology-themed medals, please visit -Editor

  France Mutual Fire Insurance silver Jeton

102140 | FRANCE. Mutual Fire Insurance silver Jeton. Issued 1819 for the Seine & Oise Departments (not including Paris) (32mm, 12.50 g, 12h). By Barre at the Paris mint. IL RENAIT DE SES CENDRES (he is reborn from his ashes), falcon standing left (likely representing the triple god Ptah-Seker-Osiris), wearing atef crown with solar disk and two uraei; serpent to right; to lower left, altar bearing radiant head and supporting egg among flames / ASSURANCE MUTUELLE CONTRE L'INCENDIE, DÉPts DE / SEINE ET OISE / ET DE LA SEINE / (PARIS EXCEPTÉ) in four lines within oak wreath. Edge: Plain. About Uncirculated Details. Highly brilliant and lustrous, with some alluring iridescence nearer the peripheries, though some scattered hairlines from a light cleaning are noted for completeness. A very rare and highly interesting type featuring a good deal of iconography from ancient Egypt. $295.

One of the more historically important events involved in Napoleon's French campaign into Egypt during the end of the 18th century was the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799. A stele from Ptolemaic Egypt that conveyed a decree from the king in three different languages (Egyptian hieroglyphics, Demotic, and Ancient Greek), it provided the first chance to crack the code of hieroglyphics, which to that point had remained shrouded in mystery. The first transliteration of the hieroglyphics was completed by Jean-François Champollion in 1822, which the discovery of the stone arousing great interest in all things ancient Egyptian—likely the reason for the use of iconography here, just three years before Champollion's transliteration.

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102140 | FRANCE. Mutual Fire Insurance silver Jeton. (

  Germany Harz Silver Mining Token

102190 | GERMANY. Harz. Silver Mining Token. Issued circa 1805 for tallying delivered ore or reckoning miners' wages (23mm, 2.77 g, 6h). Clausthal mint. BEHARRLICHKEIT UND (perseverance and...), cat crouching left in the grass / KLUGHEIT FASSELN DAS GLUCK (...wisdom shackle luck), owl perched facing upon wheel. Edge: Lightly engrailed. Neumann 31863 var. (cat head slightly facing); Knyphausen 7234. About Uncirculated. Lightly toned, with some subtle brilliance remaining. $145.

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102190 | GERMANY. Harz. Silver Mining Token. (

  Would-Be Coronation of Edward VIII bronze Medal

102184 | GREAT BRITAIN & AUSTRIA. Would-Be Coronation of Edward VIII bronze Medal. Issued 1936 after his visit (80mm, 177.81 g, 12h). By L. Hujer at the Vienna mint. EDWARD VIII, uniformed bust left / VIVAT CRESCAT FLOREAT / AD MULTOS ANNOS (may he live, may he grow, may he flourish for so many years), IN / REMEMBRANCE / OF THE / CORONATION / 1937 in five lines. Edge: MADE IN AUSTRIA. Giordano CM300; BHM 4289; Eimer 2042. Choice Mint State. Brown-bronze surfaces, with a pleasing matte nature; a few small spots on the reverse are noted merely for completeness. Very rare and highly impressive. Compare to a similar example, though graded slightly higher and clearly inferior, that realized a total of $690 in the Stack's Bowers February 2022 CCO (lot 74144). $535.

Edward was the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary, raised to eventually take the place of his great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, then grandfather, King Edward VII, and then father, though he always had somewhat of a rebellious streak. By the time of his father's passing, he had developed great affection for an American divorcée, Wallis Simpson, whose former marital status nullified her as a consort in the eyes of many within the kingdom. The new king was unwavering, however, and chose abdication in order to pursue his own choice in marriage. In so doing, before his own coronation, Edward passed the crown onto his younger brother Albert, who would choose the reign name of George VI in a show of continuity with their father, George V. The younger brother, however, had not been prepared to be king, with the stress of World War II and managing a kingdom likely aiding in his rather young death in 1952 at only 56.

A further numismatic anecdote is that monarchs alternate on UK coinage, facing in the opposite direction of their predecessor. Edward would have been slated to face right on his coinage, were it to have ever actually been officially produced and released for circulation. However, on account of him parting his hair on the left side of his head, he demanded that his effigy be presented facing left in order to display it. In retrospect, this seems like a far less break from protocol given how things played out. Nevertheless, he is presented on the medal above in the manner in which he would have desired. Rather interestingly as well is the Latin phrasing upon the medal's reverse, calling for a desire that he may live, grow, and flourish for so many years. That didn't quite hit the mark, though it certainly can be said that it did for his niece, Queen Elizabeth II.

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102184 | GREAT BRITAIN. Would-Be Coronation of Edward VIII bronze Medal. (

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