France 1792-D 3 deniers

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Jean Elsen sale 103, lot 889
France 1792D 3 deniers rev JElsen 103-889.jpg
The first specimen was lot 889 in Jean Elsen sale 103 (Brussels, December 2009), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"FRANCE, Constitution (1791-1792), Cu 3 deniers, 1792 D, an 4, Lyon. 2e semestre. Type FRANCOIS. Droit : B. drapé à gauche. Revers : Faisceau dans une couronne de chêne. Le D barré d'un petit trait oblique. Très Beau" (France, Constitutional period, 1791-92, copper 3 deniers, 1792-D, year 4, Lyon mint, second semester. Type FRANCOIS, obverse: draped bust facing left, reverse: fasces in an oak wreath. The mintmark is rotated slightly to the left. Very Fine).
The second specimen was lot 422 in CGB sale 44. This type was struck 1791-92 at Lyon, Limoges and Strasbourg and is quite a bit scarcer than the contemporary 6 deniers, 12 deniers and 2 sols. It was equal to the liard of the ancien régime. Specimens are known to exist in bell metal.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: bronze, this specimen 2.81 g.

Catalog reference: Duplessy 1725; Ciani 2256; Gadoury 5, KM 608.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 103, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, s.a, 2009.
  • Gadoury, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, 1789-2011, 20me éd., Monaco: Éditions Victor Gadoury, 2011.
  • Guilloteau, Victor, Monnaies Françaises, Colonies 1670-1942 et Metropole 1774-1942, Versailles, 1942.

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