France 1699-BB 2 deniers

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This diminuitive coin, called a deux deniers de Strasbourg, was nearly the smallest coin issued during the French ancien régime. The date is common for the type, which was struck only at Strasbourg 1696-1700 and 1707-1708. Numerous varieties of obverse legend are reported. Droulers[1] notes that it circulated in Alsace as a heller.

Recorded mintage: 1,706,323.

Specification: 2.3 g, pure copper, 20 mm diameter, designed by Joseph Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/2 no. 524, Dr/4 no. 787, Gad-72.


  • [1]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.
  • 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.

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