Jean Castaing

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Jean Castaing was born in circa 1685 in France. Sorry but I don’t have any information about his early life or education. In circa 1679, he invented something (more on that in a moment). It took him several years but in 1686 his invention was approved by the Council of State for France.

His invention was so successful that a rival (George E. Ewing, Jr.) accused him of conspiracy along with two Paris Judges. He was found guilty in 1700, where he was imprisoned however he only served two years before being let out. His accuser was ordered to pay him $6,000.00 in damages (a hefty sum in those days) as well as three-fourths of the trial expenses. His history for what he did after his release is unknown, it is reported that he died in the early 18th century. No records of his death can be found.

What you may not know about Jean is that he invented the first machine capable of applying an edge lettering to coins that was before struck by hand using a mallet. The machine was capable of producing 20,000 coins each day. A truly remarkable way of mass producing back then.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Sounds like a very unique invention that certainly required a good deal of research to come to fruition.

Jun 02, 2019 04:00 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Jean had a unique knack and true ambition. Enjoy our day.

Jun 02, 2019 04:37 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Only 20,000 a day, he would be amazed at how many government's do now!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 02, 2019 05:30 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

It sounds like Jean cane up with a very unusual invention that paved the wave for mass production. Thank you for your tidbit of history this Sunday morning.

Jun 02, 2019 05:38 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

20,000 a day that was a feat for those days.

Jun 02, 2019 05:54 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. It seems than anyone who invents something new is constantly challenged.

Jun 02, 2019 05:55 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

With the number of pennies I have in a jar I am not sure I should be thankful.

Jun 02, 2019 07:05 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love this series on inventors.  It continues to amaze me how many people have made life easier with machines and gadgets that we take for granted. A

Jun 02, 2019 09:59 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - there are many lessons learned "after we learn the rest of the story".  This example among many others prove that.  Once again.  

Jun 02, 2019 10:47 AM #9
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Jean made coin in two ways: One way was by invention and the other litigation. His cup runneth over 

Jun 02, 2019 02:21 PM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

An interesting story indeed.  I hope that you had a nice round of golf today my friend!

Jun 02, 2019 02:24 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- you have to start somewhere and this was an amazing start!  20,000 a day is a lot!

Jun 02, 2019 05:50 PM #12
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this interesting story of a young inventor.  So many of these things we take for granted - someone actually had to invent them first.  

Jun 02, 2019 07:59 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James not wanting to sound suspicious or paranoid, maybe his accuser murdered him?? Endre

Jun 02, 2019 10:50 PM #14
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
You have me curious as to why he was let out early.  Was there a legal appeal process back in those days? 

Jun 04, 2019 08:27 AM #15
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