New France 1707 Isle Dauphin, Historical Fiction Coin
Four fantasy coins that might-have been.
Isle Dauphin • 1707
The island capitol of the Louisiana Territory.
In 1707, the Isle du Massacre was renamed to Isle Dauphin in honor of the heir to the French throne, the “Dauphin.” (There are some who say the island was really re-named after the bottlenosed dolphins that frequent the nearby waters. In any case, the notoriously vain Louis XIV completely believed that it was named in honor of his son.) During this period the island was capitol of the entire Louisiana Territory, which was inexactly defined, but thought to equal almost two thirds of the present contiguous United States! The coin reverse bears the royal crown above, a shield bearing a bearded dolphin fish (in the period artistic style), the inscription “Isle Dauphin,” and the date 1707.
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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