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France. 1719-A sol or 12 deniers. Paris mint. MS-63 BN (NGC).

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France. 1719-A sol or 12 deniers. Paris mint. MS-63 BN (NGC).

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France. 1719-A sol or 12 deniers. Paris mint. MS-63 BN (NGC). A world-class example of this important type, avidly collected in America for its association with John Law and his Compagnie des Indes, but likewise important as a sort of early 18th century French copper coin that saw active circulation on the French Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Valley. The quality of this piece places it among the finest I have seen or handled, with superb cartwheel lustre over choice chocolate brown surfaces warmed with mint color around the peripheries and around devices. The strike, including the often-soft centers, is impeccable. Some scattered natural pits are seen, including concentrations in Louis' hair and the opposite area at central reverse. There are no marks or other flaws worth noting, placing this among the top echelon of survivors. John Law ran the French mints from December 1719 through January 1721; this is why 1720-dated coins are most often sought out by American collectors. Three denominations of copper coins were struck in France in this era: the liars, not quite the size of a farthing; the demi-sol or 6 deniers, a bit smaller than a halfpenny; and this sol or 12 deniers. The 6 deniers was long listed in the Red Book, following the accidental excitement over a 1720-A 6 deniers described in the Garrett Sale as an undescribed French Colonial coin. While these are perhaps not Red Book appropriate, they are fine inclusions in a collection of world coppers that saw circulation in early America. It would take a long time to improve upon this one.

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Grading Service NGC
Grade MS63
Designation BN
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2775432002

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France. 1719-A sol or 12 deniers. Paris mint. MS-63 BN (NGC). A world-class example of this important type, avidly collected in America for its association with John Law and his Compagnie des Indes, but likewise important as a sort of early 18th century French copper coin that saw active circulation on the French Gulf Coast and the Mississippi Valley. The quality of this piece places it among the finest I have seen or handled, with superb cartwheel lustre over choice chocolate brown surfaces warmed with mint color around the peripheries and around devices. The strike, including the often-soft centers, is impeccable. Some scattered natural pits are seen, including concentrations in Louis' hair and the opposite area at central reverse. There are no marks or other flaws worth noting, placing this among the top echelon of survivors. John Law ran the French mints from December 1719 through January 1721; this is why 1720-dated coins are most often sought out by American collectors. Three denominations of copper coins were struck in France in this era: the liars, not quite the size of a farthing; the demi-sol or 6 deniers, a bit smaller than a halfpenny; and this sol or 12 deniers. The 6 deniers was long listed in the Red Book, following the accidental excitement over a 1720-A 6 deniers described in the Garrett Sale as an undescribed French Colonial coin. While these are perhaps not Red Book appropriate, they are fine inclusions in a collection of world coppers that saw circulation in early America. It would take a long time to improve upon this one.

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Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS63
Designation BN
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc N/A
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 2775432002

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