National Currency Collection

France, Louis XV, 1 louis d'or, 27 livres : 1724

Story

A local mint is a good idea

Coins for New France were minted in France and shipped across the Atlantic. Supplies of coinage and the stability of the local economy were dependent upon many issues, one of which was the weather. Ultimately destined for Québec, the French supply ship Chameau was forced onto a reef by a late-summer storm while heading for the Fortress of Louisbourg on Île Royale (Cape Breton Island). All lives and 80,000 livres in French coins were lost. Almost the entire hoard was recovered in 1965, 240 years too late for the colonies of Québec and Louisbourg.

Item Details

Categorization

Collection
Coin
Class
Modern
Name
Precious metal
Form
Circulating

Locations

Country
France

Denominations

1 louis d'or, 27 livres

Dates

Dated
1724

Authorities

Ruler
Louis XV

Designs

Subject Obverse
Louis XV - king - monarchy
Subject Reverse
Tree - plant
Motif Obverse
Young bust of Louis XV
Motif Reverse
Palm branches / monogram / crown
Text Obverse
LUD XV D G FR ET NAV REX 1724
Text Reverse
CHRS REGEN VINC IMP

Production Types

Mint
Amiens

Mintmaster
Nicolas Julliot - obverse

Mark
X - reverse

Engraver
N. Roettiers Charles I Spens

Detail Type

Variety
Mirliton Grandes palmes

Measurements

Object

Thickness
1.30mm
Diameter
23.10mm

Materials

Object
Gold

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