A rare coin struck in Paris for the colony of New France in North America has been discovered by a Canadian dealer. Here's an excerpt from the story in
Canadian Coin News. -Editor
A newly discovered 1670-dated 15-sol coin struck at France's Paris Mint was recently acquired by long-time “Ancien Régime” collector
and Montréal dealer Michael Joffre.
The 15-sol piece represents the largest silver denomination in the first series issued by France for circulation in its colonies in North America. This
denomination has long been considered one of the rarest, most important and most valuable coins in Canadian numismatics, said Joffre, who's the president and
head buyer of Carsley Whetstone.
According to Joffre, this coin brings the known population up to 15 examples.
On March 24, 1670, King Louis XIV ordered 100,000 livres of coinage minted for New France. The first coins issued for use in what would later become Canada,
they were minted "to facilitate commerce" according to Alfred Sandham's 1868 book Coins, Tokens and Medals of the Dominion of Canada.
Denominations of five sols and 15 sols were struck in silver while a two-deniers piece was struck in copper. The coins' Latin inscription refers to the
king, whose bust is depicted on the obverse: "They shall speak of thy glory of thy kingdom." Beneath the inscription is the Paris Mint mark, "A."
"This is certainly a bucket list coin for me, and one of the ones I have wanted since childhood," said Joffre. "It is a collector's dream come true, and it
will be a joy to show other Montréal collectors as it is such an important piece of history."
To read the complete article, see:
Montréal collector brings newly
discovered 1670-dated 15 sols back to Canada
Wayne Homren, Editor
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