France 1789-M liard
This specimen is a copper liard struck at the Toulouse mint for France in 1789, the year the Bastille fell. It is scarce, being priced by Droulers at triple the common date (1783-W). Its face value was 3 deniers or one fourth of a sol. The type was struck 1777-91 but the only known dates for this mint are 1783-84, 1789-90. This specimen was lot 1527 in CGB sale 31 (Paris, June 2007).
Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.
Specification: 3.06 g, copper, 23.5 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Benjamin Duvivier.
Catalog reference: Dr/4 no. 894, Dr/2 no. 627, KM 585.10.
- 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.