France 1770-S liard

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CNG Lissner sale, lot 274

This specimen was lot 274 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $544.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE, Royal. Louis XV le Bien-Aimé (the Well-Beloved). 1715–1774. CU Liard à la vieille tête. Reims mint; différents: Poppy in bloom/gosling. Jérôme Savoye, engraver. Jean-Baptiste Cliquot, director. Dated 1770 S. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 65 RB. Choice reddish brown uncirculated. Only two have been graded for the date and both graded MS 65 RB. None graded higher for the type. Purchased from A. H. Baldwin & Sons." The specimen shown is a liard à la vieille tête minted at Reims 1769-73 at the end of the reign of Louis XV. Eleven other mints struck this type. Its face value was three 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.

Recorded mintage: est. 2,000,000[1], a common date.

Specification: pure copper, 3.06 g, 20-22 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by C.-N. Roéttiers. This specimen 20 mm diameter, 2.64 g, 6h axis.

Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 873, Dr/2 no. 581, Duplessy 1701; Ciani 2149; KM 543.1.


  • [1]Droulers, Frédéric, Répertoire General des Monnaies de Louis XIII à Louis XVI (1610-1792), 4e édition. Paris: AFPN, 2009.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Duplessy, Jean, Les Monnaies Françaises Royales de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI (987-1793), Tome II, 2e édition, Paris: Maison Platt, 1999.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, 4me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2012.
  • [2]Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.

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