France 1710-D 30 deniers

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Heritage sale 3064, part of lot 29007
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This specimen was part of lot 29007 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $210. The catalog description[2] noted, "Pair of Louis XIV 30 Deniers ("Mousquetaires"), 1) 1710-AA XF, Metz mint, R8. Large stop in place of pomegranate différent. Medium gray with a couple of small verdigris spots. Far above the average condition for the type; ...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. This specimen is from Lyon, not Metz as described above.

Recorded mintage: 16,663,941[1].

Specification: 2.44 g, .208 fine silver, 22.5-25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Norbert Roéttiers.

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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [2]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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