France 1693-A 15 deniers

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 31263
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This specimen was lot 31263 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Louis XIV billon 15 Deniers 1693-A, MS62 NGC. Nicely toned with muted luster. A very scarce type in mint state." This fifteen deniers or quinzain was struck in large numbers 1692-1705 but most are dated 1696 or before. So many circulated that the king decreed that it was illegal to put these in sacks to make large payments. The regime of Louis XV tried to do away with billon coinage but found itself issuing billon sols and double sols. This specimen is a product of the Paris mint and is common.

Recorded mintage: 3,693,351 on new blanks plus an unknown but large number restruck over older coins.

Specification: 1.85 g, .208 fine silver, 22-25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: KM 285.1, Gad-91, Dr/4 no. 770 (new blank), Dr/4 no. 772 (reformed blank).


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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