France 1769-A liard

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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The specimen shown is a liard à la vieille tête minted at Paris 1768-71 at the end of the reign of Louis XV of France. Eleven other mints struck this type. Its face value was 3 deniers, ¼ sol or 1/480 of a silver écu. The type is common in low grade (the SCWC values it at $4 in VG) but well made specimens are scarce. The specimen shown is slightly better than average.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a slightly better date.

Specification: pure copper, 3.06 g, 20-22 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by C.-N. Roéttiers.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 873, Dr/2 no. 581, KM 540.1.


  • 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.

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