France 1791-A 12 deniers

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Ponterio sale 169, lot 10226
France 1791A 12 deniers rev Ponterio 169-10226.jpg

This specimen was lot 10226 in Ponterio sale 169 (Baltimore, November 2012), where it sold for $764. The catalog description[2] noted, "FRANCE. 12 Deniers, 1791-A. NGC MS-64. Louis XVI (1774-93). Struck in bell metal. 'FRANCOIS'. Lustrous and very attractive. From the Demarete Collection." This specimen is one of a type struck 1791-93 during the early stages of the French Revolution before the trial and execution of the king. Enormous quantities were produced at several temporary mints (the "A" mintmark here represents the Couvent des Barnabites in Paris, not the regular mint there) frm any metal available. Some dates and varieties are rare but this one is common tho nice specimens are scarce.

Specification: brass, bronze or copper, 12.23 g, 29 mm diameter. Engraved by Benjamin Duvivier.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Catalog reference: KM-600.1; Gad-15; Dup-1723.

Sources:

  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 169: The November 2012 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2012.

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