France 1710-AA 30 deniers

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 254
Heritage sale 3064, part of lot 29008
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The first specimen was lot 254 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,028.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XIV le Roi Soleil (the Sun King). 1643–1715. BI Pièce de trente deniers. Metz mint. Dated 1710 AA. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Lightly toned uncirculated with hints of luster. Used for trade abroad and quite scarce this nice. Purchased from Superior Stamp & Coin, November 1969." The second specimen was part of lot 29008 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $240. The catalog description[3] noted, "Pair of Louis XIV 30 Deniers ("Mousquetaires"), 1) 1710-AA AU55 NGC, Metz mint. Large stop in place of pomegranate différent. Considerable silvering remains, with a few patches of dark toning at the edges. A very pretty coin! ...From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens." This type, nicknamed a mousquetaire, was minted at Lyon and Metz 1709-13. Altho sometimes sold as a Canadian token, and it's possible some circulated there, the vast majority remained in France.

Recorded mintage: 13,296,922[1].

Specification: 2.44 g, .208 fine silver, 22.5-25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roëttiers. The first specimen 23 mm diameter, 2.54 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 767, Dr/2 no. 475, Duplessy 1584; Ciani 1984; KM 378.1, Gad-102, Vlack-8b.


  • [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.
  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 1st ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.
  • [3]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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