France 1655-B liard

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is a liard de France au buste adolescent struck at Pont-de-l'Arche (not Rouen, the normal user of this mintmark) during the reign of Louis XIV. The type was issued 1655-58 in enormous numbers and is common. The type was farmed out to a private contractor who proceeded to cheat on the weight and issue more than allowed by the contract. To get this coin to circulate, the face value was reduced from three deniers to two deniers in 1658 and later to 1½ deniers. Droulers[1] prices this date slightly higher than the common 1655-A.

Recorded mintage: 11,527,000 reported but likely higher[1].

Specification: 4.08 g, copper, 22-23 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Jean Warin.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 784, Dr/2 no. 479, KM 192.2, Gad-80.

Source:

  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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