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French colonies. 1713-AA sol of 15 deniers or "demi-mousquetaire." Metz mint. Breen-296, Vlack-14b. AU-55 (PCGS).

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French colonies. 1713-AA sol of 15 deniers or "demi-mousquetaire." Metz mint. Breen-296, Vlack-14b. AU-55 (PCGS).

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French colonies. 1713-AA sol of 15 deniers or "demi-mousquetaire." Metz mint. Breen-296, Vlack-14b. AU-55 (PCGS). A superb example of a type that saw frequent circulation in French North America. Nice lustrous light silver gray with deeper gray devices. The surfaces show the usual granularity of billon coinage when examined micropscopically, but they are even, frosty, and attractive. The designs and legends are fully struck, no notable flaws or planchet voids are present, and only a very tiny rim clip is noted just right of 12:00 on the obverse. While not struck explicitly for American use, they are most associated with North American circulation, which finds in Canada and the French-settled areas of the future United States bear out. The 15 deniers pieces are considerably scarcer than their 30 deniers counterparts, particularly in high grade. For this date, PCGS has graded just a single coin Mint State (MS-62); for the entire type, that number swells to three. Given the vagaries of strike, color, and surfaces on this issue, the numerical grade is secondary to overall appeal and quality. This was by far the nicest demi-mousquetaire in the collection of Ted Craige, a pioneering collector who not only focused on French Colonies issues during his collecting career, but was offered all the best French Colonial material in the 1960s. The nicest demi-mousquetaire in the collection of Craige's main source (and main rival), John J. Ford, Jr., was not close to this piece in overall strike and quality. 

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Grading Service PCGS
Grade AU55
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 26971234

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French colonies. 1713-AA sol of 15 deniers or "demi-mousquetaire." Metz mint. Breen-296, Vlack-14b. AU-55 (PCGS). A superb example of a type that saw frequent circulation in French North America. Nice lustrous light silver gray with deeper gray devices. The surfaces show the usual granularity of billon coinage when examined micropscopically, but they are even, frosty, and attractive. The designs and legends are fully struck, no notable flaws or planchet voids are present, and only a very tiny rim clip is noted just right of 12:00 on the obverse. While not struck explicitly for American use, they are most associated with North American circulation, which finds in Canada and the French-settled areas of the future United States bear out. The 15 deniers pieces are considerably scarcer than their 30 deniers counterparts, particularly in high grade. For this date, PCGS has graded just a single coin Mint State (MS-62); for the entire type, that number swells to three. Given the vagaries of strike, color, and surfaces on this issue, the numerical grade is secondary to overall appeal and quality. This was by far the nicest demi-mousquetaire in the collection of Ted Craige, a pioneering collector who not only focused on French Colonies issues during his collecting career, but was offered all the best French Colonial material in the 1960s. The nicest demi-mousquetaire in the collection of Craige's main source (and main rival), John J. Ford, Jr., was not close to this piece in overall strike and quality. 

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service PCGS
Grade AU55
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 26971234

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