Obverse legend : LUDOV. XVI. REX CHRISTIANISS.
Obverse description : Buste de Louis XVI non signé [n° 379].
Obverse translation : Louis XVI, roi très chrétien.
Reverse legend : DITAT ET ORNAT ET À L'EXERGUE : CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE DE LA ROCHELLE 1774. IL S'AGIT DU COIN PRÉCÉDENT AVEC LE 7 REGRAVÉ SUR LE 5.
Reverse description : Trois mats (troisième type) allant pleine voile à babord.
Reverse translation : Elle enrichit et orne.
CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
The first chamber of commerce was that of Marseille created in the late sixteenth century. For Paris, the six bodies of merchants and consuls, judges had a similar to a chamber of commerce role an association of merchants met to deliberate on the interests of their city or region and provide advice to government. Colbert legalized in 1664 by setting up trade each choose two of them to represent them. The institution, however, was actually established by the decree of the Council of 30 August 1701 and many chambers of commerce in the eighteenth century appear in Lyon, Rouen, Toulouse, Montpellier, Bordeaux, etc. .. The most important of them Marseille has had assignments throughout the Levant trade and was the Department of Foreign Affairs, the rest were General Audit Office. Deleted by the Constituent Assembly in 1791, the chambers of commerce are restored under the Consulate. Since 1832, recruitment is through elections, they became Chambers of Commerce and Industry since 1898, grouped into 21 regional chambers.