101865 | FRANCE. Lyon Savings Bank decagonal silver Jeton.

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    101865  |  FRANCE. Lyon Savings Bank decagonal silver Jeton. Issued circa 1875 (34mm, 16.19 g, 12h). By A. Barre at the Paris mint.

     

    • CAISSE D'EPARGNE ET DE PRÉVOYANCE DE LYON • / FONDÉE EN 1822, civic coat-of-arms of Lyon / VADE AD FORMICAM (go to the ant), ant within grain wreath. Edge: «hand» ARGENT.

     

    Choice Mint State. Mostly argent and lustrous, with some deeper iridescence around the devices and near the peripheries.

     

    This jeton utilizes the Latin of a passage adapted from Proverbs 6:6, which roughly translates to "...go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!" A similar message was later recounted on an issue of the Society of Medalists, previously sold here.

     

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