France 1693-L liard

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This diminuitive coin, called a liard de France au buste agé, was the French equivalent of a farthing. This coin was the first issue of liards since 1658. The Lille mint, which later adopted the "W" mintmark, was at this time using a crowned "L". The date is common for the type, which was struck until 1707. The later liards of Louis XVI were 3.80 g.

Recorded mintage: 1,648,778.

Specification: 3.82 g (4.07 g per Gadoury), pure copper, 20-23 mm diameter, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 480, Dr/4 no. 783-L, Gad-81.


  • 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.

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