French, Customs Seal, 508

French Customs Seal 508, Image & Found by James Crombie.
Found in Yorkshire, 16mm.

Small seal with deep circular indentation on both sides, one containing the stylised ligature CI, the other the number 508.

From a distinctive group of seals with various numbers on the reverse. Some have CONTRIBUTIONS around the inner raised edge and possibly IND - an abbreviation of Indirect to give 'Contributions Indirectes' - indirect taxes (French). "Taxes can be divided into direct taxes (taxes on income or property), and indirect taxes (taxes on alcohol and tobacco)." From <a href="http://www.spanishsuccession.nl/frenchmain.html">'France as a superpower 1700 - 1715'</a>

Confirmation of the letters forming the ligature has been found on <a href="http://www.bagseals.org/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=3853">an official French Ministry letter stamp</a>.

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