New France 1803 La Nouvelle France, Historical Fiction Coin
Four fantasy coins that might-have been.
La Nouvelle France • 1803
This coin is denominated one-sol, weighs about 9 grams of copper, and is done in the classic style of 17th century French coinage.
Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte secretly acquired the rights to the western half of the Mississippi River watershed from Spain in 1801. His plan was to use the vast resources of this territory to cross the Pacific, conquering China and the world. He was thwarted however, when a slave uprising on the island of Hispanola diverted the troops Napoleon intended to occupy New Orleans. By 1802, he faced a difficult decision regarding the colony he fondly called “New France”. If his forces attempted to control New Orleans in their weakened state, he risked a losing battle with the Americans over control of the Mississippi. On the other hand, if he were to sell the rights to the Americans, he might obtain enough money to fund his battles and gain control of Europe. Thus began the negotiations what would unlimately be known as the Louisiana Purchase. In our creative interpretation of events, we surmise that Napoleon may have ordered coinage struck for his colony, and even after negotiations had begun, he might have been promoting the idea of French colonial occupation. The coin obverse shows the crowned “N” of Napoleon, while the reverse bears the denominational text, a wreath of oak leaves, and the date 1803.
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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