100305 | FRANCE. Lille. Parish of St. Stephen (Saint-Étienne) bronze Méreau.
100305 | FRANCE. Lille. Parish of St. Stephen (Saint-Étienne) bronze Méreau or Communion Token. Dated 1637. Used for the receiving of food during feast day celebrations (29mm, 4.93 g, 8h).
Skull facing slightly right above horizontal bone / S - E, St. Stephen kneeling left, raising hand and holding basket filled with stones; martyr's palm frond behind to left. Edge: Plain.
Van Hende 591; Feuardent 7293. Very fine. Pleasing chocolate brown surfaces, some scattered punch marks. Very rare.
More commonly encountered versions of this méreau feature a 3 or 4 (representing a value) in place of the skull and crossbones.
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