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FRANCE, Provincial. Auxonne. Claude de la Ramisse. Maire d’Auxonne, 1617-1618. Æ Jeton (3.43 g, 6h). (rosette) VT HOMO DIREXIT (He administers as a man), coat-of-arms of Auxonne / (rosette) VT SIMIA DILEXIT (He cares like a monkey), guenon (Old World monkey) seated left; 1617 in left field. Feuardent 10155; J. de Fontenay, Manuel de l’amateur de jetons (Paris, 1854), p. 357. For dates of Claude de la Ramisse, see E. Béguillet, Description générale et particulière du Duché de Bourgogne (Dijon, 1847), p. 421. Good VF, brown surfaces.


The reverse of this curious jeton depicts a guenon, an Old World monkey. These animals were apparently renowned for the great care and love they would show for their offspring.