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Hold New World history right in your hands with this 30 Deniers coin, issued over 300 years ago for use in French-American colonies, including Quebec and Louisiana. Bearing the “D” mark of the Lyon Mint in France, these coins were struck in 1711 during the rule of King Louis XIV – the longest reigning king in European history and for whom Louisiana was named.
These coins were called “Mousquetaires” (Musketeers), as a cross on the reverse resembles the emblem worn by the King’s Guard or royal musketeers in the 17th and 18th centuries. The obverse bears a crowned double L indicating denomination. Struck in billon (copper with silver added for a lighter color), these coins were struck from 1709-1713 during the height of New France – reaching from Newfoundland to the Rocky Mountains and from Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.
The coins offered here are from a cache of Mousquetaires that was recently discovered under the floor boards of a United Kingdom port city shop that dates to the 17th century. Dubbed the “New World Hoard”, the mysterious stash may have been enroute back to France for melting as that republic gradually ceded its colonial territory. Perhaps the coins were pilfered and hidden by a French sailor who planned to retrieve them but never returned...
Listed under Colonial Issues in the official Guide Book of United States Coins (Red Book), each Mousquetaire is certified genuine by PCGS and is encapsulated in a PCGS holder with a New World Hoard designation. This 300-year-old coinage artifact of Colonial America will add great historical interest to your collection. Order your 1711 “musketeer” coin today!
- Product Type: Single Products
- Countries: France
- Year: 1711
- Item Ribbon: Sale