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1752 Compagnie des Indes medalet. Betts-384/387. Silver, 28.6 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. Reeded edge.

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1752 Compagnie des Indes medalet. Betts-384/387. Silver, 28.6 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. Reeded edge.

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1752 Compagnie des Indes medalet. Betts-384/387. Silver, 28.6 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. Reeded edge. A very scarce jeton-sized medal celebrating the West Indies Company, the French national monopoly on American trade founded in 1719 as a part of John Law's reforms. The surfaces are lustrous and the fields show ligh reflectivity, especially on the reverse. Light golden toning with hints of pastel tones is present on both sides. Choice and problem-free. While Betts did not describe this precise die marriage, he catalogued an essentially identical piece with a 1748 date as Betts-384 and described this 1752-dated obverse as one side of Betts-387. While Ford owned five of these in silver, they represented every one saved for him by French and American contacts; none were present when he acquired the Boyd collection. Betts describes this obverse as "Obv. Protegit Et Pascit In exergue, 1748. D. v. (for Du Vivier). (He protects and feeds). Two Indians with clubs supporting a shield, crowned and bearing the device of a palm tree on a field of gold, being the arms of the Compagnie des Indes Occidentales." He notes that the company "was the sole remnant of the schemes of John Law."

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Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9086

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1752 Compagnie des Indes medalet. Betts-384/387. Silver, 28.6 mm. Choice About Uncirculated. Reeded edge. A very scarce jeton-sized medal celebrating the West Indies Company, the French national monopoly on American trade founded in 1719 as a part of John Law's reforms. The surfaces are lustrous and the fields show ligh reflectivity, especially on the reverse. Light golden toning with hints of pastel tones is present on both sides. Choice and problem-free. While Betts did not describe this precise die marriage, he catalogued an essentially identical piece with a 1748 date as Betts-384 and described this 1752-dated obverse as one side of Betts-387. While Ford owned five of these in silver, they represented every one saved for him by French and American contacts; none were present when he acquired the Boyd collection. Betts describes this obverse as "Obv. Protegit Et Pascit In exergue, 1748. D. v. (for Du Vivier). (He protects and feeds). Two Indians with clubs supporting a shield, crowned and bearing the device of a palm tree on a field of gold, being the arms of the Compagnie des Indes Occidentales." He notes that the company "was the sole remnant of the schemes of John Law."

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Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9086

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