1711-D France New World Hoard French Colonies Billon 30 Denier NGC Genuine (Story Vault)


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Why should you consider adding this 1711-D Colonial French 30 Deniers coin to your collection?

While not in uncirculated condition, this coin carries quite a story! originally struck at the French Mint in Lyon in 1711, it was issued by King Louis XIV’s “Edict of May.” This Edict was created in order to supply the French Colonies in the New World with a trade coin that could be used when purchasing and selling their goods. It was struck on a press out of billon, an alloy containing 20% silver and 80% copper. With a total weight of 28.93g, the actual silver weight came out to about 2 and a quarter grams.

This coin was widely used in the french colonies, and many found their way from Colonies in Quebec, all the way down to New Orleans! As it was a trade coin, many crossed the Atlantic multiple times. As with many other French Colonial Coins, no portrait was issued in the design. It did, however, feature a unique cross that was said to have been very similar to the emblem worn by the King’s Guard, the Musketeers. Because of this similarity, colonists of the time nicknamed the coins Mousquetaires, by which some collectors still know them today.

Unique to these coins in particular, is the method they survived until now! They were discovered in a large, sealed glass jar, buried under the floorboards of a shop in Hampshire, England! The shop was built back in the 17th century, which means that the coins could have been buried there for nearly 400 years! As incredible of a find as this is, it begs the question – how did they get there? While that question may never be answered, it is a great one to mull over yourself! ModernCoinMart offers these incredible coins, certified as Genuine by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, and encased in a specially made holder that displays information about these coins and the hoard they were found in. This hoard was a unique find, with an air of mystery about it. Don’t miss the opportunity to add one of them to your collection, and to own one of these coins for yourself!

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