• 1 Liard 1777-1792, KM# 585, France, Kingdom, Louis XVI
  • 1 Liard 1777-1792, KM# 585, France, Kingdom, Louis XVI
Description

Engraver: Benjamin Duvivier

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Louis XVI (left), surrounded by the inscription 'Louis XVI Dei Gratia'.

Louis XVI (1754–1793), born Louis-Auguste, also known as Louis Capet, was King of France from 1774 until his deposition in 1792, although his formal title after 1791 was King of the French. He was guillotined on 21 January 1793.

Dei Gratia is Latin for "By the Grace of God", an expression used in some royal titles.

LUDOV • XVI • D • GRATIA •

Reverse

Crowned arms of France surrounded by the inscription 'King of France and Navarre' and date.

The arms of France, since the late 12th century, have been three fleurs-de-lis. The English translation of "fleur-de-lis" (sometimes spelled "fleur-de-lys") is "flower of the lily." This symbol has been described by some as depicting a stylized lily or lotus flower, but other historians attribute its origin to a species of wild iris, the Iris pseudacorus.

Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty. Legend has it that an angel presented Clovis, the Merovingian king of the Franks, with a golden lily (or iris) as a symbol of his purification upon his conversion to Christianity. Others claim that Clovis adopted the symbol when waterlilies showed him how to safely cross a river and thus succeed in battle. In the twelfth century, either King Louis VI or King Louis VII (sources disagree) became the first French monarch to use the fleur-de-lis on his shield.

FRANC•ET NAVARR•REX•17 91
B

Edge

1 Liard

KM# 585 Dy# 1716
Characteristics
Material Copper
Weight 3.058 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 585.1, KM# 585.2, KM# 585.3, KM# 585.4, KM# 585.5, KM# 585.6, KM# 585.7, KM# 585.8, KM# 585.9, KM# 585.10, KM# 585.11, KM# 585.12, KM# 585.13, KM# 585.14, KM# 585.15
Mints
Aix Mint (&)
Bayonne Mint (L)
Bordeaux Mint (K)
La Rochelle Mint (H)
Lille Mint (W)
Limoges Mint (I)
Lyon Mint (D)
Metz Mint (AA)
Montpellier Mint (N)
Nantes Mint (T)
Orléans Mint (R)
Paris Mint (A)
Perpignan Mint (Q)
Rouen Mint (B)
Strasbourg Mint (BB)
Toulouse Mint (M)

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