France 1657-A liard

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The specimen shown is a liard de France au buste adolescent struck at Corbeil during the reign of Louis XIV. It was lot 1360 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007). 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. This specimen was struck from two obverse dies but is attributed to the Corbeil mint by the privy mark under the king's bust. Droulers[1] prices this date about eight times the properly struck 1657-A.

Recorded mintage: 81,368,000[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 192.1, Gad-80.


  • [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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