French, Customs Seal, 760

French Customs Seal, Image by StuE, Found by Lisa.
Found in Suffolk, 15mm, 8.6g.

Small seal with deep circular indentation on both sides, one containing the stylised ligature CI, the other the number 760.
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 'France as a superpower 1700 - 1715'

Confirmation of the letters forming the ligature has been found on an official French Ministry letter stamp.

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