France 1712-N 6 deniers

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10215
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC
Heritage sale 3064, part of lot 29050
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This piece de six deniers dite "dardenne" was struck at the Montpellier mint (mintmark "N", shown here), La Rochelle (mintmark "H") 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 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 lot 10215 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $1,057.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "FRANCE. 6 Deniers, 1712-N. NGC MS-64 BN. Louis XIV (1643-1715). Lightly toned with mint luster in the protected areas. From the Demarete Collection." The third specimen was part of lot 29050 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), which sold for $384. The catalog description[2] noted, "Pair of Louis XIV 6 Deniers ("Dardennes"), ...2) 1712-N AU Details (Corrosion) NGC, Montellier mint. Medium to dark brown with granularity of past corrosion. Nevertheless, a well-centered, spectacular example of the type. The finest we've seen. From the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens."

Recorded mintage: 8,219,000.

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

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 780, Dr/2 no. 482, KM-400.2; 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.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.
  • [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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