France 1694-M 15 deniers

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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This fifteen deniers or quinzain was struck in large numbers 1692-1705 but most are dated 1696 or before. So many circulated that the king decreed that it was illegal to put these in sacks to make large payments. The regime of Louis XV tried to do away with billon coinage but found itself issuing billon sols and double sols. This specimen is a product of the Toulouse mint and is restruck over an older coin.

Recorded mintage: 30,000 on new blanks plus 638,562 restruck over older coins.

Specification: 1.85 g, .208 fine silver, 22-25 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Joseph Roëttiers. Restruck coins weighed 2-2.5 g and were of variable fineness depending on the host coin.

Catalog reference: KM 285, Gad-91, Dr/4 no. 770 (new blank), Dr/4 no. 772 (reformed blank).


  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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