New France 1690 Post Aux Arkansas, Historical Fiction Coin
Four fantasy coins that might-have been.
Poste Aux Arkansas • 1690
An early colony near a Quapaw village on the Arkansas River.
This coin is denominated one-sol, weighs about 9 grams of copper, and is done in the classic style of 17th century French coinage. The obverse of this 1690 coin from this four-coin series shows the haughty King Louis XIV at his best—you can almost hear him shout, “Letat, cest moi!” “I am the state!” as advisers and sycophants scurry at his feet. The inscriptions declare him king of France and her colonies.
Coinage struck by Napoleon to promote French colonial occupation.
Beginning in 1534, the French colonized the middle part of North America in the name of King Louis XIV, calling it, La Louisiane with the entire claimed territory known as Nouvelle-France. We issue these commemorative colonial pieces to celebrate the history of the colony in coins that could conceivably have existed. Each coin is done in the classic style of 17th century French coinage and represents a different era and locale of the semi-fictional French colonies.
These coins from the world of New France in North America are struck from solid copper, measure 2.6 cm in diameter, and weigh about 9 grams each. Coin artwork by Greg Franck-Weiby.
The product is treated to look as if it has been handled and circulated. This process is done by hand, and it is both an art and a science, coloring and patinas will vary. No two are exactly the same! Coins are struck one at a time in the USA using antique machinery and traditional coining techniques. A colorful description is included with history and facts about the coin.
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