France 1711-& 6 deniers

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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") and Aix en Provence (mintmark "&", shown here) 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. This 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"), ...2) 1711-& XF Details (Corrosion) NGC, Aix mint, Uneven surfaces, giving clear evidence of past corrosion, but now a pleasing chocolate brown. From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens."

Recorded mintage: 22,114,000.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 780, Dr/2 no. 482, KM-400.3; 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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