France 1648-A denier

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This coin, called a denier au buste pompard, was an attempt by the French ancien régime to circulate a coin half the value of the double tournois minted by the millions during the reign of Louis XIII (d.1643). It flopped and no more were struck. Its face value was 1/720 of a silver écu à la mèche longue. This specimen was lot 1476 in CGB sale 46 (Paris, December 2010).

Recorded mintage: 4,904,636 at Paris for 1648-49.

Specification: 1.6 g, copper, 15 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by J. Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 477, Dr/4 no. 788, KM 167, Gad-70.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.

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