France 1710-H 6 deniers

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Heritage sale 3064, part of lot 29049
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This piece de six deniers dite "dardenne" was struck at the Montpellier mint (mintmark "N"), La Rochelle (mintmark "H", shown here) and Aix en Provence (mintmark "&") 1710-12. This type was designed to consume locally mined copper along with scrap bronze and brass from cannons from the French naval arsenals in Toulon and Marseilles and pay off soldiers serving there. Eighty million pieces were authorized and at least 58 million were struck, so the type is common. The second specimen was part of lot 29049 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $240. The catalog description[2] noted, "Pair of Louis XIV 6 Deniers ("Dardennes"), 1) 1710-H VF, La Rochelle mint, Medium brown. Struck significantly off center with roughness at the right on both sides. ...From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens."

Recorded mintage: 340,000, a better date.

Specification: Copper, 6.12 g, 23-24.5 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 780, Dr/2 no. 482, KM-400.1; Gad-85; DFW-361; Dup-1593.


  • 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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