France 1655 liard

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 253

This specimen was lot 253 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,573. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XIV le Roi Soleil (the Sun King). 1643–1715. BI Liard à la croiz du Saint-Esprit. Lyon mint. Dated 1655. In NGC encapsulation graded AU 55. Choice toned about UNC. A very rare one year type that is almost never seen or offered. Purchased from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, August 1970." This type is listed in Droulers for 1655-56 to displace billon liards minted in Dombes and Orange, regions outside of France and beyond the king's jurisdiction. It was not a success and the coin is now rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.61 g, .104 fine silver, 13 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Isaac Briot, this specimen 15 mm diameter, 0.66 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1577; Ciani 1974; KM 190, Dr/4 no. 778, Dr/2 no. 471.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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