Set of 2 x 2022 Relics of New France Louis XIV 30 Deniers: Replica and Relic Silver Coins | Royal Canadian Mint
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A three-century old design replicated using the technologies of today. Own the replica and the relic.
This modern tribute revisits the 1711 Louis XIV 30 deniers featured on the 2021 Relics of New France gold piece and shows you the other side of the coin: the obverse! The monogram of the long-reigning King Louis XIV has been faithfully re-created on a 5 oz. 99.99% fine silver coin, which is presented alongside a genuine 30-deniers coin that instantly evokes images of life in New France.
Own a replica AND a relic! This two-coin set is an extraordinary tribute to an important coin in Canadian history.
Please note: The Royal Canadian Mint worked closely with its dealer network to source the original 30-deniers coins, which came pre-sealed in coin slabs. The coin slabs may have some surface scratches or contain dirt residue from the original coins. Each 30 deniers coin has been authenticated, and given its age, loss of detail is to be expected.
- A piece of history. This modern collectible re-creates the obverse of the Louis XIV 30 deniers coin that circulated in New France during the 18th century.
- An obverse on the reverse. The centuries-old monogram connects you to Canada’s past, while the modern era is represented on the 2022 coin’s obverse.
- 5 oz. of silver. This 65.25 mm coin is bigger in size than the original one, and it has a much higher silver content (99.99%) too!
- For the love of history and the hobby. This gorgeous piece is the Royal Canadian Mint's way of honouring the history of currency in Canada, using the technologies of today.
- Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
- NO GST/HST.
A GENUINE 30 DENIERS
Each fine silver coin comes with a genuine Louis XIV 30 deniers coin sealed in an authenticated coin slab. Both coins are enclosed in a black clamshell—perfect for side-by-side viewing.
NEW YET “AGED”
Modern engraving techniques mimic the effects of time without interfering with the proof finish.
DID YOU KNOW?
Coin shortages were a persistent problem in New France—many of the coins supplied by France were shipped back as payment for European goods and supplies, so they didn’t remain in the colony. In September 1709, King Louis XIV authorized two new denominations, 15 deniers and 30 deniers, which were struck between 1709 and 1713 at the Lyon and Metz mints. They were made in a billon alloy of 20% silver and 80% copper in an effort to stretch France’s limited silver supply. But the deniers’ low silver content made them unpopular in France; many ended up in New France, where they were never officially withdrawn from circulation, even after Canada was ceded to the British.
DESIGN & ARTIST
The coin’s reverse re-creates the Louis XIV 30 deniers obverse design by engraver Norbert Roettiers (1665-1727). It features the crowned doubled monogram of King Louis XIV of France flanked by three fleurs-de-lis, along with the Latin inscription “LVD · XIIII · FR · ET · NAV · REX · 1711” (“Louis XIV, by the grace of God, king of France and Navarre, 1711”). The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
“This was a rare opportunity to replicate an 18th-century French coin, and I’m privileged to have sculpted this tribute to the Louis XIV 30 deniers coin. We increased the size of this coin to 65.25 mm, which gave me a greater challenge of working on the master die. We also focused on the obverse, which is highly unusual for the Royal Canadian Mint, so I was doubly honoured to work on this unique coin.” MATTHEW BOWEN, ENGRAVER
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box. Inside the clamshell, a special insert holds both your fine silver coin and a genuine 30-deniers coin, which is sealed in a plastic coin slab.
ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT
The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.
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|Norbert Roettiers (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)|
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